When I was growing up in liberal Forest Hills in the 1960s all I heard were people describing themselves as compassionate and then they would tell how terrible Republicans were in an extremely hateful manner. Watching this hypocrisy made me a political conservative.
Hating someone for having different political views is as repugnant as people who are racist, homophobic and anti-immigrant. Of course the far left justifies their hatred by assuming that all people who oppose legislation they favor have those motives. I will be the first to admit that there are people like that but to attribute everyone who opposes their political agenda with those feelings is as stupid as some people on the right to claim all people who get government assistance as abusers of the system based on a few documented cases.
That hatred is still alive and well today. In the April 11 issue you have Robert LaRosa referring to those who favor tradional marriage as “homophobes” and Richard Reif, who continues the far left politics of envy by calling for more taxes on the “1 percenters” as if they did something wrong for earning their money. I could cite many other letters over the last few years that had a similar tone.
I have decided that this will be my last letter. I started writing because I wanted to engage in an honest debate on the issues. All I got in response were replies by people who could only respond by reciting talking points they heard on television while ignoring what I wrote and by people who demonize all those who disagree with them. I do not hate anyone. Yet, if I continue to try to debate those on the far left, I worry that I will start becoming more like them. I would rather keep my humanity.
On a final note, I would like to thank Peter Mastrosimone and everyone at the Choniclefor giving me the opportunity to write on these pages for the past few years. I have often disagreed with the paper’s editorials but there is not a paper I respect more. Peter always stated his position in a clear and logical manner and he has always allowed opposing viewpoints their fair allotment of space. That is what makes the Chonicle a great paper. I wish the Chronicle all the best in the future.