I used to be an active political blogger. I started to recede into the woodwork after my dog died. I couldn’t stand all the nastiness. All the sick expressions of hate for people who merely disagreed about politics.
Yesterday I was away from my desk and so I missed all the play-by-play story broken by Newscoma about the racist email sent out by a secretary working at the legislature.
The email was racist, no doubt about it. Kleinheider sums up my feelings on the play by play pretty well.
But I have one tiny problem. In all of the “Gosh, we’re offended and SHOCKED!” comments at Newscoma’s, one of the folks jokingly “fixed” the email, replacing other presidents with other caricatured photos. Bozo for Reagan, Hillary for Bill Clinton….and Hitler for GWBush.
That kind of humour comes from the same place as racist humour in my book. It comes from a place of blind hatred. It comes from a place of not wanting to cooperate or get along or even coexist peacefully. I understand not wanting to compromise a political agenda. I understand being anti-bipartisanship. After all, if you were for bipartisanness you wouldn’t–by definition–be partisan. I myself am not for bipartisanship because as a libertarian the concept of “bipartisanness” denies my very existence. I am not one of the two parties that even gets talked about being considered.
Nevertheless I don’t believe that it is fair to point at another fellow’s expression of hatred, cry “foul” and then laugh at your own same behaviour.