Jun 17, 2016

Can I be Condescending?

Sarah Cooper wrote a nice piece on Medium this week, acknowledging that many liberals like herself are considered to be "condescending" and "smug." Cooper admits that liberals do, in fact, fall into those stereotypes at times. Sometimes we on the left regard those on the right as less intelligent than ourselves. She is correct in saying that we need to stop doing this if we wish to cease stooping to the conservative's level.

I completely agree. We charge conservatives as intolerant, but there are times where we refuse to listen to the other side. This should change. We should look to the other side with an open mind.

But then came Donald Trump......

Where do we draw the line between what is worth listening to, and what is just complete garbage? And should we sift through that "garbage" to try and find understanding? Cooper sums things up excellently:
...I don’t want to be a judgmental, condescending, smug liberal who won’t try to understand the other side and see their perspective.
But at the same time, they are supporting this man who is breeding hate and fear and racism and xenophobia and misogyny and I just. don’t. understand it.
 When is it okay to just stop and say: this guy is crazy? It's true, I don't want to be a stereotypical teen liberal that shouts out vague mantras about how a politician I don't like is a scary, racist, hateful idiot, but Donald Trump is kind of fitting the profile.

I mean, in the Thursday Morning Briefing last Thursday, this was a real life New York Times quote:
His candidacy has drawn warnings from both the left and the right about the potential rise of fascism in the U.S.

So all I am asking today, very nicely asking, is if I can be a stereotypical teen liberal for a little bit. Can I be just a tiny bit condescending until November? Please? This is just too good of an opportunity to pass up.

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