I watched a good chunk of last week's Republican National Convention, and outside of Clint Eastwood's rather unique performance art/speech, I wasn't surprised. Chris Christie bloviated as is his practice. Ann Romney was either charming or alienating while recalling the early days of her relationship with Mitt, depending on who opined. Paul Ryan is proving to be less than credible. And Mitt Romney himself was... well, I guess he was okay. Not much to add there.
What did surprise me is the vitriol aimed squarely at the (very) few minorities who spoke reppin' the GOP. Or maybe it's the high level of vitriol. Scrolling through various blogs, Nikki Haley, Marco Rubio, Mia Love and Artur Davis have been trashed for preferring the elephant to the donkey. As an aside, why were *those* animals chosen to represent the parties? A huge, lumbering gray wrinkly beast or... an ass. Hmm...
Anyway, I do get some of the flak about Davis. He did jump parties and all. And after reading this interview at The American Conservative, I'm doubting he had some "come to Jesus", I've seen the light type conversion. Nah, he saw an opportunity and took it. Meh. It's all part of the game, I suppose. It seems he's not too skilled at playing it, though.
For the others, though, I'm not understanding all of the hate. I've read that they are "self-hating", "Stockholm Syndrome victims", "house slaves", "Uncle Toms", "brainwashed" and just plain "pitiful". Geez. Love has especially been targeted, from questioning her Mormon faith to alleging she is a brown pawn for her Repub chess masters.
I know some might read this post and think perhaps I'm an undercover teapartier or something. So let me get this out of the way: I'm neither screaming, "Don't tread on me!" or making signs to Occupy. I'm pretty much dead center politically. In fact, every political quiz I've taken in the past twelve years has come back with me stuck in the middle. I don't know if it has anything to do with being the middle kid between two very loud and at times wild siblings, but I've been this way for as long as I've cared about politics which has been since Clinton first ran for President.
But back to the online hate. Folks, time to realize that everyone is different. Yes, even immigrants, Latinos, Blacks and women. Yes, Love is Black AND a Mormon AND a Republican. As rare as that combo may be, it's real. I find it deeply offensive that in 2012, people still believe all Black people must vote, dress, act, think and be the same. I find it most offensive that almost all of the people doing the smearing are Black.
I have very real problems with the Republican party. I think Romney is a flip-flopper on a number of issues and I don't like Ryan's proposed plans for Medicare, to just name two. I can understand criticizing policies, but to decimate individuals' character or heritage is not just petty, it's wrong.