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Via the Patriot Post.

Read this and then, if you oppose conservative policies, ask yourself if this describes you. If it does, perhaps it's time to reevaluate the nature of your opposition.

"I recently wrote about leftists' hatred for conservatives as people, not merely for conservative ideas. Demonization of opponents is a fundamental characteristic of the left. It is not merely tactical; they believe people on the right are bad. (Here's a test: Ask someone on the left if active support of California Proposition 8 -- retaining the man-woman definition of marriage -- was an act of hate.) A related defining characteristic of the left is the ascribing of nefarious motives to conservatives. For the left, a dismissal of conservatives' motives is as important as is dismissal of the conservatives as people. It is close to impossible for almost anyone on the left -- and I mean the elite left, not merely left-wing blogs -- to say 'There are good people on both of sides of this issue.' From Karl Marx to Frank Rich of The New York Times, this has always been the case. In the left's worldview, conservative opponents of affirmative action cannot be driven by concern for blacks -- opposition is animated by racists; conservative opponents of illegal immigration are animated by racism and xenophobia; opposition to abortion is a function of sexism; President Bush went to war for oil and American imperialism; and conservative supporters of retaining man-woman marriage hate gays. This is not true of elite conservatives. Leading conservative columnists, leading Republicans, etc., rarely depict liberals as motivated by evil. Conservatives can say 'There are good people on both sides of the issue' because we actually believe it." --radio talk-show host Dennis Prager
Date: 2010-08-31 01:29 pm (UTC)

unixronin: Galen the technomage, from Babylon 5: Crusade (Default)
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I view it more as an act of [completely groundless] fear than one of hate.
Date: 2010-09-04 04:59 am (UTC)

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From: [personal profile] draconis
I don't support or oppose any particular policy because of who put it forth. I do wish he'd clarified who he considers to be the "elite left" and "elite conservatives," since I'm not sure what it takes to be "elite" in that sense.

As for Prop 8, I would say it was primarily an act of bigotry rather than one of hate.

I also find his word choices interesting. With one exception, he always refers to liberals as "the left." Conversely, he only refers to conservatives as "the right" one time. I leave it up to you to decide what significance that carries, if any.


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