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It's sickening. It's sickening but typical. Some liberal fool spouts off accusations of hatred and intolerance and the mainstream media is all too happy to deliver the message. This foolishness goes largely unchallenged since the media finds it difficult to spot rhetoric when it comes from their own liberal camp. Case in point, Howard Dean, former Vermont governor and current CNBC contributor, said of conservatives, "They hate Muslims, they hate gays, they hate immigrants, and the rhetoric on the primaries shows that." This gem was delivered on May 23, 2011 on Lawrence O'Donnell's The Last Word.
Hate. Conservatives hate. Conservatives don't just hate, they hate several groups of people, seemingly with blindness, just because they exist. That kind of accusation is not only false but extremely insulting. The basic mantra has almost always been 'Republicans are mean.' Now, with the TEA Party on the scene (that stubborn TEA Party that sticks around even after constant hammering), the rhetoric has gone a few steps further. No longer are conservatives just 'meanies,' they are now, 'haters,' 'racists,' 'homophobes,' 'intolerant,' and 'dangerous.' Are there fringe haters? Certainly, on both ends of the spectrum; they come in both liberal and conservative varieties. That aside, the media has hardly troubled itself to seek the meaning of the conservative message. As a helpful guide, and rebuttal to Howard Dean, here it is in a nutshell. It's not a message of hate. Conservatives don't hate Muslims (or any other religious group). Conservatives wish to live alongside Muslims in peace. The problem occurs when some Muslims continually bomb buildings or otherwise kill American and Christian 'infidels.' The problem gets worse when administrations, activist groups, and the media turn a blind eye to such violence in the name of political correctness. Conservatives don't hate gays. Unfortunately, some conservatives don't recognize the inconsistency of calling for smaller government and less government intrusion then demand the federal government deny homosexuals marriage 'rights.' But even that isn't from hate, it's from certain convictions they strongly believe in that do not call for violence of any kind. The conservative message includes being free to live in America the way one wishes. That includes freedom from school children being taught homosexuality has no consequence whatsoever, being thoroughly embraced. Conservatives wish to retain the right to stand for and against their personal convictions and allowing others to do the same. Again, the problem lies in groups demanding acceptance in the name of political correctness. Conservatives don't hate immigrants. Conservatives love their country and certainly understand and accept others coming to share in the opportunities that America offers. At the same time, there are certain rules and regulations set up that are expected to be followed and when they are not, action is necessary. When action is not taken, it encourages more bad behavior and again, political correctness rears its ugly head.
Liberals want to discount the conservative message. To do so they must misrepresent it. Liberals must continually disparage conservatism to propel their own agenda so they must indict conservatives and convince people it's a practice of hate. The media, for some reason, are obliged to tout this message. How many times have we been told that opposition to Obama lies not in logical disagreement with policy or ideas but because of the color of his skin? The attempt is to dismiss conservative points and we must stand strong against it. It's not the 'what,' it's the 'how' and conservatism never was nor will it ever be about hate. - JG