Y’know, I haven’t paid too terribly much attention to politics in a while—been too busy with volleyball, medical issues (sick kids!) and other life stuff. But the President’s speech to the school kids has generated so much noise it’s really hard to not hear that.
I first heard about the speech on the radio, a conservative talk show. They were upset that the President planned to speak to schools. Truthfully, I didn’t see the problem. President is the President, let him tell the kids to be good and study hard. However, apparently a draft of the speech circulated and included the President talking to the kids about the health care reform.
Huh? I can tell you now that my kids—and they’re both pretty bright—don’t really have any idea what health care reform is. Ask either one of them if they think “everyone should have healthcare” and of course they’d both say yes. I mean, everyone agrees on that issue. It’s the issue of where the care comes from that the disagreement comes.
Still, that’s not really what I wanted to blog about today.
I am continually amazed at how mean and hateful many on the “left” are. I hesitate to use the term “liberal,” because I know not all liberals are this way. And I hesitate to use the term “Democrat” because I know they’re not all that way either. “Left” is the best alternative term I could come up with.
My memory of hateful leftists starts back at the 2000 election. A friend of mine, who is very much a liberal, turned incredibly hateful every time we spoke on the phone—or rather, when politics came up. I heard “idiot rednecks,” “religious zealots,” and more terms than I care to share here. I stopped talking to the friend as I just got tired of getting called names. Not long ago, on a blog here, a friend of mine chimed in and started calling people who think like me nasty names; all because I stated an opinion. In the last few days, BJ was called a version of “dumb” (which I also won’t repeat here) for stating her opinion.
Now, none of what I’d done (nor BJ) had any sort of name-calling in it. I said I disagreed with something or that I thought something was wrong about a governmental decision…and then the name calling started. And, I guess because of the wide-variety of friends I have on Facebook (I’ve always considered a wide variety of friends a plus), I see some very mean and hateful posts, all directed at Conservative type folks. That’s not to say I don’t see anything negative about Liberal-types…but I rarely see the mean/hateful/name-calling. I would like to think it is because Conservatives are more inclined not to swear, but I’m not sure that’s true either.
I continue to find myself very surprised at the level of hate coming from those who claim to be so “tolerant.” I gotta tell you, if that’s what tolerance is all about, I don’t want any of that!