Just saw a post on Facebook from “Being Liberal” which thanks “Americans Against the Republican Party” for a photo of a woman looking deeply distressed and forlorn as she stares at her computer screen, with this caption:
That moment when you connect with an old friend from high school. And you discover that she’s a fan of Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and Fox News.
It’s got over 43,000 “likes” and is pushing 9600 “shares,” and it’s coming from the very crowd that had a national hissy fit when Limbaugh said he hoped Barack Obama would “fail,” even though he’d made it clear he thought the president’s policies would hurt the country if they succeeded.
Now we’re in the midst of that hurt, with too many part-time jobs and too few full-time careers; huge national debt; record numbers of people on unemployment and/or some form of welfare assistance; a surfeit of scandals including Fast & Furious, Benghazi, and an IRS which targeted political opponents; a Justice Dept. which taps journalists; foreign adversaries who respect us less, allies who are angry over NSA surveillance; and a signature piece of legislation that’s proven wildly successful at getting people dumped off the health insurance plans they were assured they “can keep,” but features a three-and-a-half year in-the making website that is about as effective as an Etch-A-Sketch at enrolling them in new health care plans.
A quick sampling of the comments following the post:
Heck, I’ve unfriended family members because I couldn’t take what they were sharing!!!
Oy! So true… AND, Glenn Beck. The worst!
I have family that are die hard Republicans. They swear by Fox News and all of the right-wing pundits. Thank God I only have to be around them once a year at Thanksgiving.
Ugh….pretty much my entire “HS” list on fb. Most of which are “do not show in newsfeed” or blocked.
I have quite a few liberal friends and relatives on Facebook, and for the record, I’ve never blocked anyone because I didn’t agree with their posts, much less “unfriended” someone because they loved MSNBC or Bill Maher or even posted photos from “Americans Against the Republican Party” featuring condescending captions.
And yet, Being Liberal thinks my political views are unbelievably embarrassing?
What’s embarrassing is that the same people who are always lecturing the rest of us about “inclusion” and “tolerance” and “diversity” seem blissfully unaware of their own tendency to be non-inclusive, non-tolerant and non-diverse, ideologically speaking.
More importantly, I believe they’re mistaken about human nature and thus miscalculate the likely effects of various policies or initiatives. We subscribe to very different worldviews and place our faith in very different objects or institutions. But there seems to be less and less mutual respect these days between people who differ philosophically, and Being Liberal’s post serves as a snapshot in social-networking time, illustrating one of the main reasons: the Left thinks the Right is too stupid to be worth listening to.
We’ve been “deleted” from the conversation about what ails our country and what might help it, because we listen to and admire the wrong people, and this, you see, cannot be tolerated.
And that’s not awkward; it’s sad.