Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Politics of Hate: Fringe vs Core

For a couple of years, I worked for a web content filtering company. The nature of this business is to categorize web sites and to allow administrators to use the software and set policies to allow or not allow access to certain sites. The most common is to prohibit access to "pornography" sites. But there are plenty of organizations that will disallow access to "hate" sites.

Hate sites are mainly defined as extremists sites such as groups espousing racial supremacy and separation, anti-LGBT groups, anti-Muslim groups, Holocaust denial groups, anti-Semitic groups, black supremacy groups. Extremists exist on the political right and left. For the most part, these are fringe groups. These groups are not espoused by Republicans or Democrats, at least outwardly.

Lately, the politics of hate has morphed to take on more main stream opinions. The election of Trump has brought this to the forefront.

Ever since Trump was declared the winner over Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, the left cannot leave it it alone -- before he's began to govern. When Obama won in 2008 and again in 2012, those opposed to him behaved civilly. The right does not necessarily hate Obama, they merely disagree with his policies. That is the beauty of American politics and our two-party political system. We agree to disagree. Hopefully we meet somewhere in the middle and America is better-off. Unfortunately, today's middle is significantly left than it was 20-40 years ago.

The extremists left are becoming more mainstream Democrat. Most have hate at the core of their beliefs -- hate of Christianity, capitalism, and freedom of speech, regardless of the point of view.

If Clinton won, Republicans would not be planning aggressive presidential inauguration protests. Let's hope cooler heads prevail. Let's agree to disagree. Congress is elected every 2 years, president every four and senators every six. Nothing is permanent.

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