Charles Krauthammer famously commented on the difference between the right and the left in American politics:
Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.
At Townhall, John Hawkins took issue with liberal late-show host Jimmy Kimmel thinking, and expressing, just that recently. Kimmel framed opposition to Obamacare as a desire to see children go neglected.
Evil, in other words. And Hawkins wasn’t having it:
After Hollywood jackass Jimmy Kimmel was criticized for exploiting his son’s illness to push his political agenda and incorrectly insinuating that surgeries for newborns weren’t covered before Obamacare, he did a follow-up on the subject where he said, “I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health care. It was insensitive, it was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
Drop dead, Jimmy Kimmel, you colossal ass.
This is a great example of what may be the most annoying, dishonest thing that liberals habitually do.
This sort of rhetoric has become commonplace on the Left and it’s not just dishonest, it’s evil. It’s bad for the country. It could even potentially split the country apart one day because we won’t be able to continue to live with each other. In fact, we’ve already reached the point where California’s threats to secede are being met with cries of “faster please, what can we do to help?” from millions of conservatives.
Yes, it may currently give liberals some small temporary political advantage to claim that everyone who doesn’t support gay marriage hates gays, everyone who doesn’t think rape culture exists supports rape, that everyone who doesn’t back free birth control for women hates them, everyone who wants to stop illegal immigration hates Latinos, and that everyone who doesn’t want to tear down Confederate statues hates black Americans, but it also injects pure poison into our culture.
Hawkins is absolutely correct.
The Left’s favorite tactic is to use guilt and fear to push their opponents into making decisions that favor the Left. If you’re against illegal immigration, you are a bigot. If you oppose gun control, you want classrooms to be shot up.
Their arguments are disingenuous to an alarming extreme, introducing a false dichotomy. What Jimmy Kimmel just did is precisely what the Left is supposed to hate: He is “othering” us. Dehumanizing us.
It was worse than a fallacious argument; it was an outright fabrication. Kimmel had no evidence that anyone in this country — not a single damned person — opposes children receiving health care.
Yet he made the argument anyway, because he wanted to win. He wanted his supporters to be filled with hate — for their neighbors, their own families.
Frankly, Kimmel is the monster here.
He exploited his own child’s suffering. He then intentionally mischaracterized the opposition in an effort to alienate them from society in general.
Kimmel and everyone else parroting similar arguments are America’s shame right now.