In the days of old, American politicians could disagree yet still compromise with one another and get the job done. Unfortunately, since the election of President George W. Bush I have seen a dramatic change in discourse from those from the political left.
It’s not simply that the two sides disagree. The political left views the political right as immoral for holding the beliefs they do. If you oppose perpetual welfare benefits, you hate the poor. If you oppose affirmative action and believe people should be judged on merit, that makes you racist. If you oppose President Barack Obama’s policies, it’s not because they’re bad policies, it’s because you hate him because he’s black. Opposing illegal immigration makes you racist too. Marriage between one man and one woman? Bad news: you hate gay people.
Discussing issues is not possible many times. The political left won’t do it. Instead they make the discussion about the political right’s character so that the issues themselves are never addressed.
I view the political left as wrong, they view me as hateful, racist, evil, misogynistic, elitist, privileged, and extreme.