Reading about all the supposedly really smart people are looking down at all us hoi polloi (defining hoi polloi even those like Charles Krauthammer with similar intellectual pedigrees and residence in or near coastal big cities and university towns) who have questions about the “Ground Zero Mosque,” I started seeing a pattern in their criticism of those putting forward conservative ideas or opinions at odds with their world view.
They who sneer how simplistic rubes right-wingers are offer a remarkably simplistic analyses about the motivations for our actions, that our political opinions are rooted in animosity against minorities.
If we oppose the mosque, it’s because we’re anti-Muslim. If we oppose Obama’s policies, we’re racist. If we disagree with courts overturning the will of the people to mandate state recognition of same-sex marriage, we’re anti-gay (or self-hating if we are gay). If we support tough laws cracking down on illegal immigrants, we’re anti-Hispanic and xenophobic to boot.
You get the picture.