There are people out there who speak of liberals and even moderates as though they were cockroaches. Some of the talk is downright eliminationist.
As the old song has it: You have to be carefully taught. Propaganda is the parent of bigotry.
I saw an example just now on television. The "true crime" channel Investigation Discovery broadcast a story about a (male) psychiatrist who had an affair with a teenaged schizophrenic girl. (Although I stopped watching the show, I believe that one or the other went on to commit a violent crime.)
The presenter piously intoned -- and I think
that this is the exact quote -- the following words, vis-a-vis the affair:
"Now, I don't care how liberal or progressive you are. This is just wrong on so many levels."
He spoke as if liberals
are, by nature, people who favor sex with the underaged, or sex between doctor and patient.
That's propaganda, right there. In a non-political broadcast designed to be watched by people of all sorts, the filmmakers felt free to insinuate that liberals are degenerates who need instruction in civilized behavior from condescending conservatives.
We see this sort of thing all the damned time
in the American media.
Imagine the outcry if the History Channel did a documentary about Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and the narrator said these words: "I don't care how black you are, mass murder is just wrong on so many levels."
Is Investigation Discovery's bigotry any different?
I have not yet looked up the statutory rape statistics in the blue states versus the ("Howdy, y'all!"
) red states. Perhaps Investigation Discovery should investigate that matter. I suspect that they will not be pleased to discover where the true degenerates live.