Sunday, December 28, 2014

Why Do They Hate Us, Indeed

As I've written before, it is a travesty of language that "liberal minded" is viewed as a synonym for "open minded."

The two-minute continuous hate in action:

A University of Michigan department chairwoman has published an article titled, “It’s Okay To Hate Republicans,” which will probably make all of her conservative students feel really comfortable and totally certain that they’re being graded fairly.

The author protests she did not choose that title. Funny how an editor could read her article and think the now-banned title was appropriate, eh?

It's always easy to demonize the "other."

I dream of a day when Republicans only have to worry about subtle micro-aggressions from the Left.

UPDATE: Mind you, I'm not claiming that conservatives are uniquely open minded. But nor are we uniquely close minded as the prevailing stereotypes would have you believe.

UPDATE: Related:

If you work from the dogmatic assumption that liberalism is morally infallible and that liberals are, by definition, pitted against sinister and -- more importantly -- powerful forces, then it's easy to explain away what seem like double standards. Any lapse, error or transgression by conservatives is evidence of their real nature, while similar lapses, errors and transgressions by liberals are trivial when balanced against the fact that their hearts are in the right place.

Yes. That's pretty much the assumption. When I commuted long distances, it would amuse me--and frustrate me--that NPR's version of treating conservatives fairly was basically asking, "Are conservatives evil? Or are they just too ignorant to know better? More with noted professor of comparative morality narratives ... "