by John Hawkins | August 9, 2002 1:34 pm
Feel The Hate: Obviously I have some VERY STRONG opinions and there are some people I vehemently disagree with politically. For example, Noam Chomsky, Bill Clinton, Robert Fisk, Jimmy Carter, Jesse Jackson, etc, etc. Now I have no problem with taking some vicious shots at them in print and in certain situations I wouldn’t even be that bothered if they received a beating. But I can’t say that I would be rapt with joy if they were afflicted with some sort of horrible malady. If Michael Moore got cancer tomorrow, you wouldn’t be seeing a cheery column from me celebrating it as a “happy occurrence”. If Al Sharpton had kidney failure next week I wouldn’t be putting up jokes about Sharpton being on dialysis. I might hate enemies of America like Saddam Hussein or Osama Bin Laden enough to do that sort of thing, but seeing as they’d kill me if they could just for being an American I consider them to be fair game.
That being said, I’ve already noticed that the cheap shots at Charlton Heston have begun after his announcement today that he may have Alzheimer’s disease. I have to tell you that I’m surprised that there are that many people out there who are so consumed with hate for Heston that their first instinct after hearing that he might have Alzheimers was to immediately write triumphant jokes about him forgetting who he was and losing control of his bowels. Again, I might make those sorts of jokes about Osama Bin Laden, but then I’d kill him if I had a chance to as well. Has the left in this country gotten so obsessively eaten up with hate about differences in opinion with their ideological adversaries with right that they look at us the way we look at Bin Laden? Apparently so…
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