Just a few moments ago, while at my local Trader Joe’s getting my weekly supply of groceries, I overheard a woman bemoan “evil Republicans” in a rather audible tone.
No longer closeted about my politics in this “bluest” of enclaves, I said she should careful of what she said since I was a Republican.Â Startled to find dissent in the heart of Hollywood, she said, oh, but not you, just but those Republicans “on the Hill.”Â Well, I responded, they’re standing up for the taxpayers.
Now, this woman certainly has a right to her opinion and to express her criticism of Republicans in whatever language she deems appropriate.Â And I might just dismiss her as some eccentric in the supermarket who used hyperbolic language to describe her political adversaries.Â But, the mean-spirited language she uses corresponds with that I read in anonymous* e-mails from critics alerting me to posts on left-wing blogs
Why is it that so many on the left must describe their political adversaries as “evil” while accusing conservatives of playing the politics of hate?
And why need these people so berate Republicans when Democrats control both Houses of Congress–and the White House?Â They could pass the “stimulus” without a single Republican vote.
*I describe them as anonymous because if I ever try writing them back, my response bounces.