Over at Powerline, John Hindraker asks an important question:
WHY ARE LIBERALS SO HATEFUL?
He explores a small handful of examples, one with three fingers instead of five, and concludes with this.
“Liberals at home and abroad should take a lesson in basic manners and proper civility in a democracy from conservatives.”
In general I agree. Manners are terrific! Civility is civilized, for lack of a more apt word, and anything but barbaric or savage. Apologizing when one has done something wrong is necessary. Expressing sympathy is the right thing to do for someone who has been hurt, even if by their own hand, and even if they blame the wrong person for their ills. However, I didn’t think this really answered the question he asked.
Why are the left so hateful?
Here is the secret. The left, and among the currents and eddies of the left are found Democrats, Progressives, Socialists, Labour Party, Communists, Communards, so-called Liberals, Workers’ Party, Workers and Farmers Party, Green Party, Environmentalists, anti-frackers, professional protesters, community organizers, grant writers, professors in any department with “studies” in the name, abortionists, libertarian socialists, many union members, all labor leaders, most non-military government workers, most anarchists, most lawyers, nearly all professional journalists, most TV news people, most celebrities with no talent other than a knack for fame, most drug addicts, most teachers, most human resources professionals, most actors and actresses, most strippers, most of those who primarily define themselves by their sexuality, which includes most gay and lesbian and transsexual persons, most single moms (because the welfare state is their baby daddy), most entertainers, most vegetarians, most recent college graduates, and 95% of all convicts. What anyone of the left knows is that all leftists are good people (even the convicts, especially if they can vote). This is a solipsism. If they are of the left then by definition they are good. This essential goodness cannot be lost even if they do something against the law, or something truly horrible like rape women, or persecute and threaten rape victims. As long as they are of the left, it’s like a Baptist says about God’s grace. Once you have it you can never lose it.
On the contrary, anyone who is not of the left is a bad person. If someone is not of the left they are definitely racist. In addition they may be sexist, homophobic, trans-phobic, meat-eaters, breeders, Islamophobic, climate deniers, anti-poor, carbon polluters, rapey, generally hateful, mean, angry, and anti-equality. Those people are so awful they are not really people. They don’t have any of the attributes of people. If a dark skinned woman who looks African-American happens to be not of the left, for instance in the Tea Party, then she is not female or black. She’s another racist, sexist, homophobic, trans-phobic, Islamophobic white man. Even if she is a transsexual, disabled, homeless, ex-convict, stripper s/he is still just another white man. Not really a human being at all. S/he’s awful. S/he’s a monster.
And nobody likes monsters. People hate monsters.
That’s why the left is so hateful. They have constructed a narrative to explain the world, and in it by definition everyone who opposes the left is a monster, not human at all, and monsters get hated. They’ll get robbed, abused, beaten up, and even killed. Leftists can be the nicest people in the world to anyone who is of the left. But when faced with someone whose politics are opposed to them, they bring the hate.
And that’s the answer that was missing.