Monday, June 25, 2012

Why Do They Hate Us?

After the 2001 attacks on America, articles appeared in the popular press posing the question, “Why do they hate us?”  The idea was to try to understand the mindset that led to the deaths of nearly 3,000 individuals on American soil.

Much was written about American foreign policy transgressions and the arrogance of American ideals, but the reasoning is much simpler:

They hate us because they are taught to hate.

The behavior pattern points to Political-Religious Movements, in which people are brought together through common ideals and energized by a common hatred.  In the case of the Islamic Political-Religious Movement, the ideals are based on the Koran, and the hate is directed at Christians and Jews.

The religious component of the movement does not require hate.  That is brought to us by the political leaders who see this increasing the power and authority of the movement.

(It is sad to note that throughout history, when a political organization becomes a political-religious movement or a religious organization becomes a political-religious movement, great human suffering follows.)

The actions of a few activists at a White House gathering last week focus our attention on the transformation of the Democratic Party.  It has become a political-religious movement, with hatred for Republicans as its central tenet.

Our culture sees no problem with this, other than the use of the word “hate.” That terminology is construed as a bit too stern; perhaps uncivil.  When Republican women are disparaged, it is name-calling, not hate.  When Republicans are subjected to dehumanization, it is just a game, not hate.  Republican dhimmitude is simply a fact of life.

And now, indignities to Republican presidents are right and natural, and suitable for Facebook.  The behaviors are justifiable acts of defiance.

Still, Republicans should be concerned with that question, “Why do they hate us?”

We ignore it at our peril.

UPDATE 6/26/2012:
This is just sad. (h/t Glenn Reynolds)

UPDATE 7/10/2012:
Deroy Murdock, writing at National Review Online provides some data on the level of federal expenditure on AIDS research during the Reagan years.  Click on the hotlink under the photo of Matty Hart (above) for a different take.

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