Republican representative Robin Hayes of North Carolina spoke at a McCain rally Saturday and announced that "liberals hate real Americans that work and achieve and believe in God." Governor Sarah Palin last week suggested that small town folks represent the "real America," while Minnesota GOP representative Michelle Bachmann told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that the "leftist, liberal" members of Congress are "anti-American," adding that she wants the mainstream media to investigate Barack Obama's supposed "anti-American views."
I engage in discussions that could easily be construed as "liberal," "leftist," or even "communist" in nature. As a political independent, my practical politics tend toward fiscal conservatism and social liberalism, which is to say that I prefer the government not to waste money, to stay out of my life, and to protect the freedoms of every citizen. Over the years I have voted for Republican, Democratic, Green, and Reform Party independent candidates, and I will continue to pull the lever for those candidates whose stated policies most closely mirror my current views.
However, in my theoretical politics, all ideas are fair game for debate, and I enjoy exploring such "radical" topics as slavery reparations, the possibilities of a world after capitalism, and - a dead giveaway for those who hunt dirty Commies - the concept of living simply. In the constricted and jaundiced patriotism of Palin, Bachmann, and Hayes, such writing must seem positively treasonous, and I have little doubt that the "investigations" demanded by the likes of Bachmann would be rather like those of a certain beady-eyed and hepatitic U.S. Senator from the state of Wisconsin.
So, to these illiberal and paranoid Americans who parade themselves as paragons of patriotism due to their political ideology, I say this: there are few dangers greater to the extraordinary political experiment that is the United States than the type of blind partisanship and mindless conformity you espouse.
In short, kiss my free-thinking ass, you ignorant buffoons.
Oh, and by the way? Your tireless efforts to demonize your political opponents only serve to drive away potential voters. I found John McCain to be an intriguing candidate in 2000, a man who seemed to better represent my thinking than most of the other candidates, but the McCain camp's relentlessly idiotic