Hate is all around us. It’s on our TV’s, in our movies, on our radios and for some, it’s a way of life. Everyone sees things differently even to the point of disputing what hate is and if someone is truly hateful or has hate in their heart. How about you? Are you a hater who consistently hates or only when something someone says gets you upset? Do you turn the other cheek when someone makes uniformed remarks and then say ‘bless their heart’? Do you have blanket hatred for certain celebrities, music, cultures or races? Do you have unwavering hate for opposing political parties? In other words, are you human and can admit you have a preference regardless if it’s popular or politically correct? How many of you feel comfortable honestly expressing yourself and how you feel? Do you keep your opinions to yourself to not offend anyone or hurt their feelings? If you do is it because you were raised to be polite or are you afraid of speaking your mind in fear of being labeled any term that is deemed hateful?
The Mueller report was released earlier this year and Robert Mueller was forced to spend an entire day this past Wednesday being grilled by members of Congress about his findings and lack thereof. There were equal amounts of hate from both parties that were on full display during each five-minute interrogation. Democrats read from the report and asked questions of the special counsel in a way that promoted their hate and impeachment aspirations of the President. Republicans read from the report and promoted their hate of the two-year $40 million investigation and how the special counsel directed his team to only consider Trump colluding with Russians and seeking to obstruct justice and not once considering it may have been Hillary and the DNC who were guilty of the same charges. The combined hate from the two parties from opening until close made one thing clear. That is the contents of the report did not change since it was released, Democrats and Republicans only heard what they wanted to hear, and the media is upset at Mueller for not shifting the needle to bring the story of Russian collusion and obstruction of justice to rest once and for all.
I saw no point in listening to more than a few of the Congressman interview the special counsel because I honestly had better things to do. It became abundantly clear after listening to a few members from each party speak that neither had any interest in hearing explanations that were different from their predetermined narratives. This is in no small part due to the way the final report was written. The first volume delved into Russian collusion and all but cleared the President of those charges. The second volume went beyond the special counsel’s original mandate and focused on politically impeachable offenses of obstruction of justice. There was no underlying crime, as the special counsel’s investigation was not hindered. He was not fired like James Comey, though Trump may have wanted to. At the advice of legal counsel, he allowed the investigation to continue. The President hated having this investigation consume his first two years in office and frequently expressed that hate, publicly and privately.
I watched and listened to the recap by members of the media on TV and radio. Sound bytes and outtakes were dissected and promoted to fit the beliefs of the hosts and their guests. Conservative commentators were giddy at Mueller’s oftentimes incoherent responses and painted him to be an un-cooperating witness for failing to directly answer questions over 200 times throughout the day. Liberal commentators behaved similarly to promote their opinions and likened Mueller’s performance to a novel to film conversion where the book was better than the movie. Either way, neither side nor their cheerleaders in the media conceded that there might have been truth on both sides of the debate, which is most likely why the report was written the way it was. Someone can be innocent but appear to be guilty. In politics appearances are everything. Reality is different. In a criminal court of law, you are innocent until proven guilty. In political theatre and the court of public opinion, the perception of illegality is enough to sway the poll numbers and potentially shift the balance of power come Election Day.
The politics of hate is not about innocence or guilt, it’s about harnessing that raw emotion and using it to benefit the political party who tells you whom to hate. In the case of Donald Trump he went from being the billionaire men wanted to be and everyone watched on TV, to the focus of a special counsel investigation, which has even further divided a nation. His crime was simple and was in no way complex. He used his celebrity status and media savvy to his advantage to defeat career politicians including Hollywood’s heir apparent to the White House. He did so never once running for office and through his ratings by any means approach of grabbing headlines, free advertising, and debating, won the highest office in the land. What some have labeled a highly unorthodox style of campaigning, others have labeled a campaign based on hate and every trait associated with it. Pundits and politicians now group all Trump supporters and label them with the same hate merely for choosing him instead of Hillary. They say if you do not denounce the President and vote for impeachment you are equally guilty of the charges being levied at him. A difference of opinion is described as intolerance, the same intolerance that is promoted as hate.
History is filled with race-baiters and hate-profiteers. They earn a hefty sum and live a life of wealth and influence. They assume the roles of reverend’s, opinion show hosts, party leaders, and community organizers, and have the ear of legions of people who buy into their message of victimhood. They place blame on generations that came before them and group together people of the same demographic, political leaning, and skin color, to give the people who they deem to be disenfranchised a face to point to as the bad guy. Conservative talk show hosts do this to liberals and Democratic politicians. CNN and MSNBC does this to their competitors on cable TV and the Republican Party. The President labels any dissenting voices and reporters like those who work for the NY Times and Washington Post perpetrators of fake news. Freshman extremist politicians who want to take the Democratic Party as far left as they can label leaders of their own party and the President as a racist and white supremacist for not agreeing with their socialist aspirations. All while we the viewing public are watching on the sidelines going about our own lives trying to make sense of the anger and why there is so much hate.
If there were no hate we would have no one to blame. No one to call the bad guy, no group to place the blame. A statue would be a statue and a remembrance of a time gone by. History happens daily, just look at how times fly. Men are filled with evil that is shown on the evening news. ‘If it bleeds it leads’ is each shows purview. Hateful acts like murder, rape, and robbery take first place. Feel-good stories come in last after they’ve filled their commercial space. Society looks for hate, the media has conditioned that. The shock value alone is addictive because the awe is a sensory attack. The psychology of hate is politics 101. Slander, sleaze, and labels do more damage than a gun. It’s easy to run attack ads to deflect and place the blame. If the attacked is the incumbent you can capitalize on their fame. Hope and change are promised to make America great again. Slogans become movements by Democrats and Republicans. Both will blame the other and fan the flames of people’s pain. Politicians promote hate so campaign donations make it rain. The business of promoting hate is entrenched in all you see. It’s great for a channel’s ratings and becomes must-see TV. It’s all about the Benjamin’s! Yes, hate equals money. They’ve sold their soul for power. Fame and fortune are all they see. The truth about hate is it’s a choice we make each day. We can choose to be positive and be kind with what we say. Good and evil is a struggle that man has faced for eternity. Each person must decide on what kind of nation we strive to be. Do we see the good in all and judge each person singularly? Or do we label entire groups with hate because it’s easier visually? Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream of what could be. Ask what you can do for your country was the legacy of Kennedy. Nobody is perfect though a more perfect union is in our creed. If politicians promote hate they are not what people need. People need someone to look up to, something they can believe. Love will always triumph over hate. For it is greatness that succeeds.