Leave it to columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. to demonstrate a better path in his recent column, “Voters said ‘yes’ to Obama presidency and ‘no’ to the policies of pitchforks.” Among his descriptors of the GOP were “scorched-earth extremism … acute cognitive dissonance,” “fear-mongering, xenophobia, demagoguery, inchoate anger so extreme as to make Ronald Reagan seem almost a hippie by comparison,” “politics of pitchforks and bomb-throwing.”
He concludes by hoping that the GOP will “transform itself into a party with some appeal to the rest of us as opposed to the one that demonizes the rest of us to appeal to a very few.” The nation chose a future, “and ‘severe’ conservatism does not seem to be a part of it.” Based on the choice of vocabulary in this column, one has trouble distinguishing who actually does the demonizing. Mr. Pitts, how do you, a ‘severe’ liberal, show us a higher road in your columns? How inclusive are you and the Democratic Party to fellow citizens of differing views? Are you not able to acknowledge that people in this country are able to freely express their ideas, or are you only able to hear both sides of the same side?
The ranks of the GOP include people from every demographic as seen at the GOP convention and around the country. Conservatism always has been, always will be, part of the national dialogue. The 2012 popular vote total suggests a healthy number amongst us.