Vail Daily columnist Richard Carnes: The hypocrisy of hate
May 5, 2012
We all know that hate is in the heart of the beholder, but today’s most popular hate – partisan-based ideologies – is wrapped in a tight blanket of schoolyard hypocrisy and shoved in the gym locker of ignorance with a 13-digit combination code that is harder to decipher than the latest Ben Bernanke forecast.
“I know you are, but what am I?” is metaphorically used 24/7 by media pundits, Internet bloggers and local angry and hateful letter writers.
Don’t think this country is full of hate? Below are a few quick quotes from people we all know and a few of you at least pretend to love.
“This president invaded a sovereign nation in defiance of the U.N. He is basically a war criminal. Honestly. He should be tried at The Hague.”
“He is a terrorist. He is evil. He is arrogant. And he is out of control.”
“There has to be a movement now to really oppose what he is proposing because it’s unconstitutional; it’s immoral and basically illegal.”
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“It is an embarrassing time to be an American. It really is. It’s humiliating.”
“I am more patriotic than this president we have, whom I consider a traitor of human and American principles.”
“He sounds more like a gang leader in South-Central L.A.”
” … more radically corrupt than Richard Nixon ever tried to be. … It is, in fact, a conspiracy of the 43rd Reich.”
“He is supposed to be America’s president, but he’s not my president. I didn’t vote for him.”
Wow, hateful people making hateful remarks during an election season.
I suppose we should be used to it by now, though, as it appears to be standard operating procedure for those out of power. They will repeat any negative, made-up nonsense and deliberately spew outlandish accusations in hopes that it will sway some unknowing, naive voter who believes everything they read or see that reinforces their preconceived attitudes toward anyone from the “other side.”
Actual truths are meaningless if it shows even one iota of acceptance or acquiescing toward a particular point or politician.
If it makes the other side look good in any way, shape or form, then the only position to take is that it must, in some secretive backdoor kind of way, be bad, only we can’t exactly explain why without taking a few extreme liberties here and there and tossing in a few conspiracy theories for good measure.
Besides an apparent desire to live up to every stereotype possible, the hate from those not currently in charge only ends when they make it back on top, at which point the spin doctors begin a long-winded, excuse-packed narrative about how the “previous administration” messed things up so bad it will take at least a few years for their changes to take effect.
Oh, perhaps I should mention that every single one of the quotes you just read is from liberals, and each reference is to former President Bush and his administration.
Three-hundred-sixty degrees of hypocrisy certainly helps with one’s perspective.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.