Into a social media discussion about the growing intolerance of the Left, an apparent representative of that side of the political spectrum noted:
How can you look at teabillies and the lockstep gop [sic] congress who are killing Americans and complain about intolerant conformity on the Left.
To which I responded (fairly reasonably, I thought):
The point is that there are intolerant idiots on both sides of the American political centerline, just as there are intelligent, thinking, and well-meaning people on both sides. I think many of us would agree that the problems we see reflected across the aisle are manifestations of minority extremism, not of the less shrill, less visible majority.
I really thought that would end the discussion. Alas, this gentleman was having none of that, choosing to take a Pelosian “only they are evil, we are pure” stance.
The difference is we make bigots resign and teabillies kill and starve Americans.
At that point, there was nothing to do but to point out exactly how incredibly ahistorical his statement was.
You make bigots resign? Would you like me to start with Lyndon B. Johnson and work forward?
How about Joe Biden, who said “You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking!”
We are not going to fix the problems in this country if we insist on categorizing our side as uniformly good, and the other side as purely evil. That kind of ideological warfare will sunder this nation, not make it the place we all want to live.