It’s that four-letter word that leaps to mind when vulgarity is a thought. Its usage has become fully commonplace and very acceptable to too many. There’s no need for it to be printed here; everyone knows.
It’s uttered in classrooms, by 8-year olds on the street, parents speaking to their children and open conversations in stores. It’s ingrained in televised award shows and public showy speeches by politicians like Kamala Harris (Pod Save America, May 2017); Kristen Gillibrand (Personal Democracy Forum New York University, June 2017); DNC Chairman Tom Perez (every time he speaks) and at a January 2019 MoveOn.Org speech by New York’s newest Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.
Twelve years before his presidency, Donald Trump was recorded using other foul language. Anti-Trumpers embrace that excuse in claiming licensure to be uncouth.
That being acknowledged, the real four-letter word is H-A-T-E. No one performs acrid hate better than the Left. (Caveat: not all Democrats or liberals, but the unsalvageable Left).
Fervent hate birthed in politics in the 2000 election when George H. Bush prevailed as president. Since then, hate has grown exponentially. (Yes, I know… “What about Bill”? Insert here.)
When candidate John McCain chose Sarah Palin in 2007 as his vice presidential running mate, a decent woman and her family were annihilated. She had been a successful, popular governor of a large state, scandal-free mother of five including a mentally challenged child, yet she had to be destroyed.
Activist Van Jones, avid Obama supporter and Obama’s green jobs czar, revealed this after Sarah Palin’s speech at the 2008 Republican convention: “Sarah Palin .. people forget. She had the Democratic party (sic) shaking in our boots in 2008. She came out, (sic) she gave that speech at the convention. That was, hands down, one of the best convention speeches — not by a woman, by anybody in 2008. People were running for the hills.”
“Now it can be told! Now it can be told! We were scared!” (CNN, October 2014)
Hate was in full throttle and it won.
The 2012 election presented Mitt Romney, seemingly the perfect presidential candidate. He had “the look,” a good marriage with a wife having two serious health challenges, five honorable sons with good families, authentic in his religion, successful businessman, extremely charitable…the whole package. Consequently, he had to be destroyed.
Romney was painted as a misogynist for having “binders” of women. That of course was intentionally perverted to present a negative when clearly he meant he saved resumes of applicants.
Compounding the hate, then-Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, lied on the Senate floor (immune from a lawsuit) falsely asserted Romney hadn’t paid taxes in 20 years. Later, admitting his lie, Reid said, “He didn’t win, did he?”
The dog abuse and the college haircut farces barely warrant a brief mention.
The 2016 election has yielded more hate than decent people could ever have imagined. The existing detestation is more than palpable with abhorrent ones springing from every direction peddling all perceivable motivations.
Whining presents like Trump didn’t pay his dues to be president, he womanized, he used bad language, he criticizes the Mainstream Media (that shreds him), he’s unpredictable and how dare he be elected by those ignorant, straw-sucking hayseeds in the flyover states.
The hate is so prevalent that Trump voters and supporters are attacked constantly and forcefully. The more the haters fail at forcing supporters to adopt their opinions, the more frustrated and malevolent they become.
“Trump isn’t presidential.”
Precisely, who was? Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Clinton, either of the Bushes, Obama? That’s everything from “I’m not a crook” to “read my lips” to “you can keep your doctor.”
The aforementioned are distractions from the big picture. It’s the paradigm meant to make us look at the tree and not the forest. The well-executed practice of hate is the Left’s plot to silence everything and everybody not them.
That element is exercised in local elections and up to the seats in the state Assembly and Senate, House and Senate and certainly the presidency.
Their tutorial is to lie, distort, smear, intimidate and threaten, including physically attack, in all forms, the families and minor children. Make it all so ugly that no one will chance a run or accept an appointment for the fear of destruction over deleterious and prejudicial scenarios decent people could never think up; to wit, the conniving scheme against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Opposition research used to be a tool; now it’s a vicious weapon wielded to maliciously manipulate.
Look beyond; keep your eye on the big picture; the haters demanding to dominate, enervate their perceived enemies at full speed. American democracy be damned.
Betty Arenson is a Valencia resident. “Right Here, Right Now” appears Saturdays and rotates among several local Republicans.