A University of Michigan professor wrote Monday that she “hate[s] Republicans,” calling out both establishment and Tea Party figures. She blames Republican rhetoric and Fox News for her recently found hatred toward the GOP.
Susan A. Douglas, professor of communications at the University of Michigan, wrote an article Monday entitled, “We can’t all just get along,” which appeared in In These Times magazine. She writes, “I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal ‘personhood.’”
“This loathing is a relatively recent phenomenon. Back in the 1970s, I worked for a Republican, Fred Lippitt, the senate minority leader in Rhode Island, and I loved him. He was a brand of Republican now extinct—a “moderate” who was fiscally conservative but progressive about women’s rights, racial justice and environmental preservation.”
Douglas blames Republicans and conservatives alike for her hatred. “Let’s start with the history,” she writes. “This isn’t like a fight between siblings, where the parent says, ‘It doesn’t matter who started it.’ Yes, it does.”
“A brief review of Republican rhetoric and strategies since the 1980s shows an escalation of determined vilification (which has been amplified relentlessly on Fox News since 1996).
“From Spiro Agnew’s attack on intellectuals as an ‘effete corps of impudent snobs’; to Rush Limbaugh’s hate speech; to the GOP’s endless campaign to smear the Clintons over Whitewater, then bludgeon Bill over Monica Lewinsky; to the ceaseless denigration of President Obama (‘socialist,’ ‘Muslim’), the Republicans have crafted a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its followers have any legitimacy at all.”
Steven Taylor writes on Outside The Beltway that Douglas “ultimately laments that she misses ‘civilized discourse’ (but does so unironically, it would seem). I am pretty sure this type of column will not aid its return. Further, it just helps to denigrate academia for no good or useful purpose.”
“Regardless of one’s views of a particular political party, it’s problematic to start off with the hate talk and then accuse your opponent of ‘craft[ing] a political identity that rests on a complete repudiation of the idea that the opposing party and its followers have any legitimacy at all.’”
National Review points out University of Michigan’s anti-discrimination policy forbids “creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a University activity.”
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But the policy only protects against someone “because of that person’s race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight or veteran’s status.” Nothing about political party.
h/t Hot Air
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