Miss Manners would likely not approve of what passes as liberal political discourse these days.
Critical thinking is a thing of the past as the left wing now takes up debate using one-word epithets, cruel bumper-stickers slogans and poor sportsmanship. Frankly, the left is rude.
The most recent example was during a basketball game recently. The University of Kansas and Wichita State University played in the Big Dance. When Gov. Sam Brownback and his wife, Mary, appeared on the Omaha, Neb., gymnasium’s jumbo tron, fans roared their disapproval with loud obnoxious boos.
It was unseemly — not to mention a pointless. Sports pundits suggested the reaction was because of the governor’s shirt, which showed his support for both Kansas teams. Social media pundits theorized the boos were based on political dislike.
Was there a point or a particular policy with which the booers disagreed? No one will ever know whether the entire argument is one word. Whether you like Brownback is not relevant. The state of Kansas was on display during a national sporting event. It should have been a positive display. Instead, focus was taken from the state’s high-achieving, athletes, as liberals used sports — something that should unite us –– to divide.
The unsportsmanlike conduct was vapid and inconsiderate. No matter what anyone thinks of the governor, he was sitting with his wife. She did not deserve that response.
Neither did the majority of Kansans. A few months ago, voters re-elected the governor. The boos didn’t just insult the leader of the Sunflower State — they were an insult to friends and neighbors, the majority of whom voted for Brownback.
I can’t name a single policy of President Barack Obama’s with which I agree. He’s the worst president of my lifetime. He treats our allies poorly, has nothing but hateful remarks for the opposition in his own country and treats the Constitution like a sweet childhood fable.
In short, I have almost no respect for the man. However, if President Obama and I were in the same venue and his face flashed across a screen, at the least, I would offer a golf clap. I respect the office, even if I have little use for the man’s politics.
I also have a healthy respect for the misguided people who voted for him. There’s no reason to insult my friends and neighbors because I disagree with their choice of leader. However, I note most liberals have no qualms about launching a one-word epithet, “racist” at those who dislike the policies of our president.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at the rudeness of liberal Kansans. They’ve taken a cue from the national leaders in the Democratic Party. The liberal brain trust in Washington, D.C., showed a breathtaking disregard for decorum earlier this month when 49 congressional Democrats boycotted a speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The boorish Democrats argued that Republican House Speaker John Boehner should never have invited Netanyahu. That shouldn’t have mattered. The Israeli leader was a guest in our home. Israel is a friend to the United States and our closest ally in the Middle East.
When a friend arrives unannounced at your house, you don’t slam the door in his face. You invite your friend in and offer that person a drink. It’s the polite thing to do, even if you wish that person would have picked a better time.
From uncouth sporting fans to congressional leaders to a former vice president, liberals dropped civility a long time ago. Recently, Al Gore suggested that those who deny global warming should be punished. The former vice president went a step further, urging that politicians who disagree with climate change theory (key word: theory) should be made to pay a price.
The discourse among party followers isn’t much better. Most don’t suggest punishing those who disagree, but they’ll mock and name-call whenever the opportunity strikes.
I can’t count the number of emails and Facebook posts in which someone has called me a “Teabagger.” I can handle the name-calling, and Gov. Brownback can surely tolerate a little unsportsmanlike conduct.
But we’re all improved by a healthy debate on policies and ideas. That’s nearly impossible when one side is busy lobbing virtualspit balls the other side has to dodge.
There’s no room for debate in the liberal world. Those who disagree must be publicly mocked and scorned. I don’t really want to live in a world where being rude is celebrated. So for now, I’ll continue being polite.
I just wish those on the other side would make the same attempt at common courtesy.
Freelance columnist Danedri Herbert writes in this space once a month.