President Bill Clinton gave an outstanding speech at the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention (DNC). Early on in his speech, he mentioned the hate that some Republicans, particularly the far right, feel towards President Barack Obama and Democrats.
Though I often disagree with Republicans, I never learned to hate them the way the far right that now controls their party seems to hate President Obama and the Democrats. After all, President Eisenhower sent federal troops to my home state to integrate Little Rock Central High and built the interstate highway system. And as governor, I worked with President Reagan on welfare reform and with President George H.W. Bush on national education goals. I am grateful to President George W. Bush for PEPFAR, which is saving the lives of millions of people in poor countries and to both Presidents Bush for the work we’ve done together after the South Asia tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian earthquake.
According to Merriam Webster, the definition of hate is:
1: a : intense hostility and aversion usually deriving from fear, anger, or sense of injury
b : extreme dislike or antipathy : loathing
2: an object of hatred
Thomas Aquinas equates hatred of another person as a sin. You can hate the actions but not the person.
“Consequently it is lawful to hate the sin in one’s brother, and whatever pertains to the defect of Divine justice, but we cannot hate our brother’s nature and grace without sin. Now it is part of our love for our brother that we hate the fault and the lack of good in him, since desire for another’s good is equivalent to hatred of his evil. Consequently the hatred of one’s brother, if we consider it simply, is always sinful.”
This Wiki link offers different perspectives on hate.
My view on hate is that it is like love, a very personal feeling. Hate can easily be directed towards another’s actions or policies. To hate someone as a person involves some type of interaction with that person. With that in mind, the generalized hate that the extremists in the Republican party feel towards Obama is irrational as they have not had a personal interaction with him. It’s illogical to hate a person that you don’t know. Examples:
I don’t hate Paul Ryan. I hate his policies. I don’t hate Republicans. I hate what they want to do to America. I don’t hate the Koch brothers. I hate their greed.
So what is it about President Barack Obama that makes these extremists hate him personally? They never met him so they don’t know him and they don’t mention that they hate his policies. Tea party members and other extremist will say things like, they hate him because he is a socialist or he is a muslim or he is Kenyan etc… . The key word here is “him”. They don’t mention his policies. Instead they focus on Obama personally. Their personal attacks can only be based on prejudice and their hatred for people that look and act different from them and that is why I say that their hatred is based on a black man holding the title of President of the United States.
That’s my opinion and until someone can provide a convincing argument against it, I am sticking with it.