Why Hate is How We Can All Come Together
Confession; I LOVE to hate. Sometimes it is one of the few things that gets me out of bed in the morning. I thrive on the motivation derived from remembering past insults and utterances of “you are not good enough.” I am not alone in this; some of the best athletes in the world use hate to bang out that extra rep, to plow through an injury or dig deep in the fourth quarter. Hate can be a good thing… in sports. When it comes to politics and life, hate is just… well… hate. We should all come together and denounce real hate. Hate that originates from merely the dint of someone’s skin, nationality or religion. That is the type of hate that has no place in 2019. Yet, hate is now a partisan issue. How is that possible? Hate should be denounced and excised and those that refuse to do so should be excoriated for their lack of candor. Right now though, hate is only bad if it happens across the aisle, and that must change.
Steve King is a hateful man. He has a long history of saying dubiously hateful things. Things that may or may not be due to a belief in the inexcusable mantra of white supremacy. King finally did a long-jump across the dubious line and landed so far away from acceptable talking points that Jesse Owens took notice, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” Those are the words of Steve King. How did that language become offensive? Oh, probably because it is the same dogma that normalized slavery, allowed the Ku Klux Klan to form and caused so much division that the United States is still trying to repair it till this day you idiotic bigot.
If you read King’s words and think, “oh… that doesn’t sound that bad.” Hit yourself over the head with a tack-hammer and then read a book! King, a Republican Congressman from Iowa, was chastised by the House, which passed a resolution disapproving of his remarks. Every single member of the House signed onto the resolution (with the exception of one Democrat who wanted a harsher penalty). The vast majority of Republican Senators came out and denounced King’s words, and the House went a step further by stripping him of seats on any committees. There are many who believe the Republican party did not go far enough in its punishments. But at least they did something.
Republicans have shown a willingness, sometimes begrudgingly, to liposuck the fat from their party. It was a horrific thing that Roy Moore had the backing of the President of the United States for even a moment. But Republicans in Alabama (for the most part) refused to vote for the credibly accused sleazeball, ceding a Senate seat to Democrats, as they should have. They did the same for the neo-Confederate candidate, Corey Stewart, in Virginia. Again, the right move, but it should never have gotten to that point. All this is to say that Republicans need to do a better job of cleaning house to ensure they do not have a single person running who could possibly be thought of like a white supremacist, racist, or any other peddler of hate.
You Have Your Hate, We Have Ours
Democrats are correct to call out Republicans and their supporters whenever they have evidence Republicans are running men and women of hate. Democrats though are not the shining beacon they perceive themselves to be. It took multiple years for the Democratic National Committee to finally pull their support of the Women’s March. That might seem like an antithetical sentence; “of course the Democrats should support the Women’s March.” No, they should not. Especially when it is led by women who bolster the continuing hatred of Jews worldwide. Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory are not the type of people one should support. Sarsour is a proponent of Sharia Law, which is like LeBron James calling for a stricter implementation of traveling rules in the NBA. She has also fantasized about “taking away (the) vaginas” of people like Brigitte Gabriel and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Mallory, on the other hand, is just your classic antisemite. She believes the teachings of Louis Farrakhan, a man who recently called Jews, “termites.” The best thing for antisemites in 2019 is that you do not have to be subtle about your hatred. It can be right there out in the open. If you are called out on it in front of a national audience like Mallory was on The View just this past week, feel free to dodge the question like Neo after finding his abilities. But Mallory and Sarsour are not actual members of the Democratic party voted into office. No, that honor falls on people like Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar.
Their hate gets a pass from their brethren. As vile and repulsive as Steve King’s words were (and he should be censured if not forced to resign), Tlaib and Omar’s are worse because they are overt antisemites. They skirted the issue of their support for BDS during their campaigns, but now that they have been voted into office, the gloves and maybe dubious distinctions to outright antisemitism are gone. Tlaib can invite and dine with an active Hezbollah supporter and not one single Democrat has denounced her. Hezbollah is not exactly coy about their opinion towards the State of Israel and Jews around the world.
Not to be outdone though, Ilhan can insinuate that Senator Lindsey Graham is an in-the-closet-homosexual due to his support for Donald Trump, and Democrats simply try to shush her and ignore her. Tough to do when you go on air and make matters worse with a ludicrously pathetic defense (and show geometric ignorance by botching the 180 vs. 360-degree analogy). If you think this type of hatred is found just in the corners of freshmen Congressmen and Congresswomen, try explaining Kamala Harris’ (a Democratic Presidential hopeful) warmness to Farrakhan. This is akin to Ted Cruz bro-hugging David Duke.
Should Republicans call out Democrats for blatant antisemitism and a seeming warmness to massive anti-Jewish and ant-Israel sentiments? Of course. Should Democrats do the same? Doubly so. If you want to eradicate hate, it should not be just the hate you can use against your enemy. What is worse; a player on the other team bringing your opponent down, or a player on your own team making you lose? The player on YOUR team. You can at least control what happens on your side of things.
Hate should never be a partisan issue. If you see hate on the other side, go on and call it out. However, if there is hate emanating from your corner, YOU should be the first person to call it out. It should not take an opponent to crystallize the error and galvanize you into action. If there is something wrong occurring, you should know what to do and clean your own house before anybody checks under the floorboards for “termites.” Hate is hate. No matter where it comes from. Politics is always looking for ways to come together and find bipartisan issues. Hate should be one of those issues where we can all agree; it does not belong in today’s climate and everyone, Republican and Democrat, should eradicate it from their ranks.