I haven’t written anything in awhile, like many of us, I am suffering from the sad state of politics in America, it has worn me down. I am discouraged on many levels but foremost is the practice of countering legitimate and well founded criticism with name calling and superficial attempts to discredit, not just to discredit but to belittle and ridicule to an extreme.
Legitimately criticize a politician of color, no matter how well founded and articulated the criticism and your called a racist.
Criticize a politician who happens to be a woman or a policy like mandating that religious organizations employer health insurance provide contraceptives and abortifacients at no cost to employees and you are labeled as a warrior against women.
If you are for preventing fraud at the polls by requiring voters to present identification and you are called a Jim Crow racist in favor of disenfranchising minority voters.
If you dare point out that the theory of man-made global warming and predictions of rising ocean levels and widespread desertification have been fabricated (climategate) by a group of people competing for research dollars (awarded for research which supports the hypothesis that man is causing the warming) and you are called a denier. Denier is an extremely offensive term which is associated with bigoted idiots who deny that millions of Jews were killed by German Nazis in the 1940s.
If you call for our congress to exercise fiscal responsibility and adherence to the Constitution you are scorned as an unsophisticated teabagger. I say scorned because of the level of vitriolic hatred that those who use that term have for Americans that have risen up against big government.
This is what is wrong with politics in America, its why most Americans are disconnected with the political process. It also is not going to go away. Today I see that if you are a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and you vote to reject a nominee for a Richmond Judgeship who happens to be gay because he has a history of activism and advocacy, you will be labeled as homophobic.
The House of Delegates voted 33 to 31, with 10 abstentions, to make Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland a General District Court judge in Richmond. He had needed 51 votes in the 100-member chamber to win appointment. Those on the left claim that Thorne-Begland was rejected simply because he is gay. Sen. Adam P. Ebbin, D-Alexandria, called the House, homophobic. Mr. Thorne-Beglands activist history raises legitimate concerns about his ability to fairly and subjectively act on the bench and the claim that any Delegate voting against him has committed some anti-gay hate crime is repulsive. This is a mindset that says, regardless of their history or ideology, we can never oppose those on the left without being labeled as someone who is unsophisticated and outside of what is acceptable in our current society.
I am a political animal. I am always eager to engage those with differing opinions on the issues of the day. To debate the details and implications of policies and programs. To argue and attempt to persuade is how we govern ourselves but this tactic of vilifying those you oppose is juvenile and unproductive and must cease if we are to climb out of the great recess we are now in.