The Evolution of Hate Speech
I’ll start with saying it was a high school history teacher who sparked my interest in politics. His warning was simple. Unless watched, politicians will always do right by themselves, even if it does wrong by the nation.
Taking those words to heart, I have watched and questioned the actions of politicians, presidents in particular, for over 30 years. Party does not matter to me. Power corrupts both sides, so watch both sides. I have learned that political rhetoric spoken and printed is worthless, so ignore it. The bottom line is, politicians’ actions speak louder than their words. Do they act morally? Is ‘do as I say, not as I do’ a common theme for them?
For over 25 years, no one has ever questioned my motives when I challenged the actions of any politician. But the last 5 years are a different story. While I continue to question the actions of members of both parties, to question the actions of the president or democrats in general inevitably results in hateful words directed at me.
I have been called a misogynist for questioning Secretary of State Clinton’s actions as they pertain to Benghazi.
I have been called homophobic simply because I am attracted to people of the opposite sex. Apparently, I don’t “really know what supporting gays rights means.” The fact I have supported gay rights my entire adult life seems to be irreverent.
I have been called a liar and far worse when I remind people that the two most hateful laws written against gays, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, were signed into law by a democrat president, Clinton, a president who publicly supported both laws during Congressional debates and celebrated their passage when he signed them into law.
I have been called an Islamophobe because I recognize and accept we must deal with radical Islamists in the world who wish to destroy western society.
I have been called a nihilist for supporting the constitutionally defined budget process for operating the US government, which I found hysterical because plain speaking friends of mine suddenly found that word within days of it first being used in a Democrat National Committee press release during the government shutdown. When pressed for a definition, they became enraged.
I have been called an elitist because I believe that healthy adults should have a job and not be on government support.
Worst of all, is that I am called a racist any time I question the actions of President Obama. I have questioned every president since Carter. I refuse to stop now just because Obama’s supporters are obsessed with his skin color.
In the end, I have come to see that in five short years, hate speech has evolved to name calling and shame tactics being used to silence anyone who questions the actions of politicians in power. The enforcers of this hate are average citizens mindlessly following their political leaders and media talking heads. They parrot nonsense like nihilists with no clue what it means.
It is time people stopped buying into the ‘my party, your party’ fight politicians use to distract us as they steal our money and start to worry about the US versus them fight.