On this site I have often been accused of being a very hateful person who has a very thin skinned (indeed I will probably be taken to task for that very statement) but I always take it in stride. The reason is very simple. I am not a hateful person. I have no hate in my soul. It does not reside within me. I was raised in a very loving family and was taught by both my parents never to hate those who I disagree with.
Hate is, sadly, one of the easiest thing for people to do. Hating requires no skill and no ability. It allows a person to make snap judgments about others and whole groups of people.
I have also been told, specifically, that I hate Republicans and Conservatives. This could not be farther from the truth. I have always lived in conservative areas, so I have many conservative friends. I do not hate them because of what they believe, I do not even hate them.
Hate is a word that is thrown around just a little too easily. A person, if they are so inclined, can claim that someone else hates a person or a thing simply because that person disagrees with them. While it is possible to hate someone or something simply because of disagreement using it is a blank statement does not really work.
Those that are filled with hate, I personally believe, lead very sad, enclosed lives, and constantly see evil around them (even when it does not truly exist). They, for whatever reason, are almost completely incapable of seeing the good in people. They see most, if not all, people as always having alternative motives, especially when it comes to them. These are the people, and this is just one example, that will say that their religious beliefs are under attack while at the same time attacking every religion possible. They consider those of the opposite political beliefs as having a "mental disease". They can not, and will not (ever) differentiate between different political ideologies. This is actually something that has become common in the United States and it helps to explain the deep divisions on the political spectrum. Everyone is painted as either liberal, moderate, or conservative. The fact is, however, that there are so many different divisions within each group that left leaning liberals can not tolerate conservative liberals, right leaning conservatives can not tolerate liberal conservatives.
To that point, when someone tells you that there is no such thing as a conservative liberal or a liberal conservative you may just have someone full of hate to deal with. These people do exist and they are closer to the middle and more representative of America than those on the extremes of either ideology.
I believe in the good of people. I give my friends on the other side of political aisle a lot of grief. I do not do it because I hate them, I do it because I expect more of them. I expect that if they are going to vote against legislation that they give a much better reason that "Voting no, just to vote no."
Of course nothing will change the minds of those on here that fully believe that I am full of hate and that I sorely need to find inner peace if not for me than at the very least for my family. To those all I can say is you do not know me very well. I have no hate in my soul and I found inner peace a long time ago. Thanks for caring enough to suggest that you are "honestly" worried about me, but I will be fine.
Happy Holidays friends.