All right, I must confess that I sometimes feel like I’m turning into my mother, who is aghast when someone (like me) types a swear word in this fashion: sh!t. It’s still too much for her, and I’ve been reprimanded for such carryings on when my verbal ramblings become too animated for her sensibilities. She is one of those truly good people in the world, almost naive but not really, who allows herself to be utterly astonished at bad behavior. She is still one of those people that can recognize right or wrong and have the good sense to be jubilant or horrified by it. In short, she has reserved the right of her conscience to speak to her, and she listens to it.
I’ve been graced by such people in my life and try to learn from them in order not to become just another cold cynic with a hard-edged take on life that might border on callousness. I don’t want to become such a person. This world needs people like my mom. (As much fun as it is sometimes to get a rise out of them, where would we be without these people?)
I’ve always prided myself on my ability to never underestimate what horrifying things someone might say or do. So, sometimes it’s startling to find myself reacting to something that I’ve seen or read like Mom reacts when I type something like “sh!t.”
So what the…heck…am I talking about? Well, it has to do with a recent article I read at the Huffington Post. Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t left-leaning individuals regard this as a daily must-read? The article is linked here, and well, I guess it kind of took me by surprise, the world-view of the author, Evan Handler. Perhaps not his worldview on its own, but the way in which it was communicated. Okay, perhaps a little of both. I have been accused of “spewing hate” on this blog (because I did NOT vote for Obama), but I cannot recall ever stooping to this level.
Let me explain further. I like to get my information from varied sources that retain at least some level of decorum and objectivity. And so to visit a site where many liberals go for information and opinion, and to read that I and 56 million other Americans who did not vote for Obama are described and dismissed—in one large lump—as fanatics, religious fundamentalists, misguided, unsophisticated, crass, and bigoted, is disheartening to me. Please, someone tell me that most liberals and Democrats do not choose to be so intolerant as to resort to such faulty, unfair, and vast generalizations. I trust that Obama voters had different reasons for voting for him, and that is their right as Americans in our fine democracy. (Although I still maintain a racial element involved when 95% of African Americans voted for Obama, who also turned out in large numbers (70%) in favor of CA’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, a decidedly conservative point of view. I have also spoken with friends who voted for Obama simply to be a part of history, even though they largely disagreed with his policies. So, I’d hate to be accused of making generalizations myself when these observations have been arrived at with much thought and based on first-hand, factual observations.)
Don’t get me wrong; I’m fully aware the truly awful things people say on blogs—both left and right. The thing that startled me is that this stuff was coming from a site that generates millions of visitors. My mom is right, swearing to make points doesn’t add any semblence of credibility to any argument. Neither does the encouragement of liberal women giving conservative men sexual favors, Mr. Handler.
Frankly, Mr. Handler, it scares me if a lot of liberals feel about us non-liberals like you do. I hope it’s not true, and you’re not representative of the majority of visitors to the Huffington Post. Because if attending church each week, or supporting the rights of the unborn, or championing individual liberty, or feeling that hard-working individuals have a fundamental right to keep what they earn means that to you I am bigoted or fanatical, then I can only conclude that there’s a lot more that divides than may ever unite us.
But more on unity later…