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Monday, August 11, 2014
This Liberal is Tired of the Hatred
This column originally appeared in The Sun Chronicle on Monday, August 11, 2014
AN INSIDE LOOK
By Bill Gouveia
a Liberal.And I’m sick and tired of Liberals
being blamed for things simply because of our political viewpoints or voting
in America seems to need someone to blame for their problems these days.Conservatives blame Liberals.Liberals blame Conservatives.Moderates blame the Tea Party.The Tea Party blames Occupy Wall Street.
I’m sick and tired of all of it.So many
are caught up in the political game.They worry only about scoring points and dominating the PR battle.They must win at all costs, and have
forgotten how to lose gracefully or more importantly compromise for the greater
wish this was only a national political problem, but unfortunately it is all
too prevalent on state and local issues.In Rehoboth, school supporters took care of their budget issue at the
expense of the rest of the town while pretending they weren’t.It’s the hypocrisy that bothers me the most.
are plenty of Liberals who behave badly and take ridiculous positions.They need to stop.But extremism is dangerous on both sides of
the aisle.I’m now going to call bull
you-know-what on some of the ones that bother me the most.
sick and tired of hearing pious declarations from some fighting to prevent
women from having access to affordable contraception, when in reality what they
care about most is imposing their own beliefs and morals on others so they can
feel good about themselves.
tired of those who claim religious persecution on the basis of little more than
fact other religions are given the full protection of our laws, even if they
are unpopular and foreign to us.
fed up with those who have to resort to personal remarks and politics because
facts and logic have not proven to advance their causes.This includes the ridiculous and stupid
claims of “Birthers” and those claiming our President is a traitor and a
is sickening to watch people oppose the spending of taxpayer money to house
illegal immigrant children because “there are so many homeless and in need
right here”, and then watch them oppose the spending of
money to help those folks too.Sorry,
but it matters who you use to advance your selfish political agendas.
had it with those who constantly rail against our political process, when in
fact what they really want is for their party and candidates to be in control
of it.It’s funny how the voters are nothing
but “mindless sheep” until and unless they agree with you.
can’t stand those “Professional Againsters”, or CAVE people as an old friend
called them.That’s short for “Citizens
Against Virtually Everything”.They
never seem to have any answers of their own, other than putting down the
solutions of others.
is so upsetting to watch hate and fear become the driving force in our
campaigns and elections.If you can make
people afraid of something or someone, you can get them to oppose those same
things.And instead of the truth being
the guiding force it should be, it becomes nothing more than an obstacle to be
know, I sound too much like those I am complaining about.Maybe I have been perusing Facebook too much,
reading posts from those who seek only to inflame others and incite unrest. Or perhaps I’ve just spent too much time
paying attention to the political side of people and not enough to the good
never minded strong opinions.I love a
good debate.I have many close friends
and relatives who have political philosophies in direct contradiction to my
own, and are not shy about stating them.I think that’s great.
I’m tired of the selfishness and hatred that has gripped so many in this rigid
political climate.I understand the
automatic distrust of public officials, but I cannot excuse the personal hatred
so many apparently need to spew in order to claim the alleged high ground.
a Liberal.Maybe you’re a
Conservative.Let’s chat and disagree.We can point out the fault in each other’s
arguments.But we don’t have to hate and
ridicule each other to do it.
Bill Gouveia is a local columnist and
longtime local official.He can be
emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed on Twitter at