I saw this interesting and perhaps intentionally ironic proposition on a bumper sticker recently. I wondered if it were some Christian thing that was supposed to show how forgiving we are—or just someone’s sense of humor. I thought of it when I caught a few minutes of Glenn Beck the other morning. Okay, I admit I’ll listen to him a few minutes here and there on my way to work. His updates on the impending end of the the world often gives me a chuckle. He’s been warning us that we were on the verge of something really, REALLY BIG for at least a decade.
Anyway, like the proverbial broken clock, he’s occasionally right. The other day he was pointing out how the left (Progressives and some of the Democrat Party) has successfully cornered Conservatives and Tea-partiers by labeling them as “haters”—as in anti-this or anti-that in general:
If you are pro-life, then they label you anti-women.
If you are for marriage being a covenant between one man and one woman, then you are a hateful anti-LGBT.
If you don’t like Obama or his policies then its because you hate him—and you hate him because you’re a racist.
If you are against immigration reform it’s because you’re a racist—perhaps, even a neo-nazi skinhead.
If you are an evolution or climate change skeptic it’s because you are a moron and/or hate science.
It goes on and on, and it has been very effective. To the Millennials, the generation raised on sound bites and and Facebook memes, it all makes perfect sense. They were reared in our extremely liberal educational system—a system that gloried in leveling the playing field. A system that taught situational ethics and not an unchanging religion-based right and wrong. Their worst epithets were to be called a racist, a bigot, a fascist, a Nazi, a hater, or a conservative Christian. Obama was elected by minorities and Millennials who bought into the simple-minded but effective “Hope and Change” meme.
But trust me, the biggest haters are the uber-libs and progressives of the far left. I subscribe to RSN news. This online service reprints pretty much every ultra liberal blog and op-ed piece. Their usual contributors—folks like Noam Chomsky, Charles Pierce, Michael Moore, etc—really know how to hate. Mostly they hate this country, they hate Israel, they hate the wealthy, they hate capitalism and big corporations, they hate the military, they hate Fox News, but most of all they hate Christians—because after all we believe in an unseen deity with an unchanging morality. They are so full of venom that they cannot see straight. When RSN reprints one of humorist Andy Borowitz’s pieces from the New Yorker RSN has a disclaimer that states the piece is satire.