Who are the haters?
My attention has just been drawn to what I gather is a popular 2012 rant on Daily Kos: "An open letter to the people who hate Obama more than they love America". It is very amusing indeed. I have often observed that if you want to know what is true about Leftists, you just have to look at what they say about conservatives. They can't imagine that conservatives do not share their hostile emotions. They "project" onto others what is true of themselves.
So what are conservatives accused of in the article? Hate.
The writer goes through a whole range of current conservative ideas and policies and asserts that they are motivated by hate. No reasoning or evidence for each assertion is offered. It is supposed to be self-evident, apparently. And to the writer and other Leftists it presumably is. That it could be otherwise motivated they are not capable of considering and they live anyway in a little mental bubble from which conservative discourse is zealously excluded. They figuratively (and sometimes literally) run away from hearing conservative arguments.
Take just the first assertion of the rant: "You hate gay people". A typical Leftist sweeping assertion devoid of any nuance. All the conservatives I know are essentially indifferent to homosexuals, though some think that homosexual marriage is destructive of social order. So the writer is quite simply wrong.
Even conservative Christians make a point of saying that they do NOT hate homosexuals, though they do believe that the Bible is clear that homosexuality is a sin leading to condemnation by God, and that they therefore should do nothing to encourage it. Even the notorious Fred Phelps used to say "GOD hates fags". He didn't say "I hate fags". And, theologically and exegetically, he was perfectly correct. My late sister was a homosexual yet I find nothing to criticize in what conservatives really do say about homosexuals
And the rest of the assertions in the Daily Kos rant are equally at variance with the real situation.
The big omission in the article therefore is any discussion of the full range of relevant evidence and reasoning on any issue. In typical Leftist fashion, the writer tells only half the story. If he told the whole story about any of the issues his balloon of rage about them would largely deflate.
The whole rant is an amazing example of intellectual incompetence but that is no surprise. Hostile emotions are what drive the Left, not evidence and reason.
I am not big on tooting my own trumpet but if you want to see an argument backed up by a host of facts and careful deductions, my three part exposition on the nature of Leftism is here, here and here. It's much more voluminous than the Daily Kos piece but that's because it considers the issues with proper care. I see no point in bare assertions like the Daily Kos piece.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).