Remember this? It’s from an entire website that was developed solely to apologize to the world for re-electing George W. Bush. Say, that right-wing incivility that the pundits are all decrying? Backatcha, pals.
In this one, “get the bastards” is obviously a prelude for inviting the other side to sit down and have a meaningful dialogue about politics, without any eliminationist rhetoric.
In this example of left-wing civility, a sign proclaiming “The good in this country will prevail” libels half the voters in the nation—but don’t worry, it’s only the half that voted for Bush. (The evil half. Obviously.)
And here, a young woman cleverly assigns to all people who voted for Kerry a hatred for George W. Bush. Because obviously, if you voted for the guy running against someone, you simply must hate his opponent.
This is the civility of the left that pundits like Paul Krugman wish us to achieve. This is the left, the side that never uses hateful language or violent rhetoric. No, only right-wingers use hateful language and brutal imagery when describing the politics of the other side.
These images took me all of five minutes to find. And according to the FAQ, none of the images above violate the rules governing which pictures will be included on the site:
We will reject your picture if it is too hateful or hostile. We are about courtesy and communication, not insults and recrimination. You may hate Bush or think his supporters are idiots; we prefer not to give voice to such sentiments.
So I guess “hate” isn’t really “hate-hate.”
Big Brother would be proud.