I’m delighting in the serendipity of preparing for my college reunion while reading about left-wing attacks on the Tea Parties. One (of the many, many) reason(s) I so grew to love my alma mater, America’s finest liberal arts college, was the presence of so many broad-minded liberals. Yeah, there were a few narrow-minded leftists there, including a number of the faculty, but, by and large, people with differing political views politely agreed to disagree.
I recall so many heated discussions which ended not with recrimination, but respect. We understood that our ideological adversaries had reached their conclusions in a thoughtful manner and held to said convictions with sincerity. We didn’t end friendships because of political differences.
So, why, I wonder, can’t White House officials, Democratic Congressman and Senators and left-of-center opinion-makers show the same respect for the Tea Party movement? To be sure, many do, but they appear drowned out by a narrow-minded multitude.
We’ve got reports of Democratic officials in one state bending over backwards to deploy Tea Party Crashers.* And we’ve got one guy boasting of his efforts to do the same. Should they succeed, I’ll bet dollars to doughnuts that some in the MSM will report the left-wingers’ masquerade as genuine tea party hatred.
Unfortunately, too many of the Tea Party haters lack the respect for different viewpoints that was a hallmark of my undergraduate education. Instead, it appears they were reeducated at graduated from the school of Saul Alinsky where intellectual discourse takes a back seat to political agitprop:
If you can’t make your enemies go away by ignoring them, call them racists. And if you can’t provide any evidence for your accusations of racism, just manufacture some. And you can always justify it to yourself, because if they’re not bad people, why don’t you like them?
*UPDATE: Michelle reports, “A denial from NH Democrat Kathy Sullivan at TPM. Waiting for response from Now Hampshire…” NH was the state in question.