I wanna start out by reminding my readers that I was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders. I still hold all the same leftist beliefs I aways have (i.e. the right to quality healthcare, greater economic and social equality, an end to corporate personhood). I am a big proponent of police reform, a supporter of BLM and an advocate for Planned Parenthood's necessity in our society. My point being, I stand by my internet post history 100% and anyone who actually reads my writings would be able to clearly decern I am not a conservative by any definition. I am also not a sexist, a racist, a homophobe or any other term you want to slap on me when you first see me tweeting a defense of President Trump. This isn't me defending myself, it's a statement of fact. All that said, I have never been accused of those things more frequently than I have been over the last month or so. It has been very disconcerting.
In my opinion, labeling those you don't agree with and calling them names, hurling insults or generally disregarding their arguments because they conflict with your own is what losers do. Especially, losers who can't bring anything factual or substantive to the discussion. I don't mean to use the term loser to mock or label in this context. I am using it to literally mean 'People who LOSE' employ this tactic.
It does make sense that those addicted to the mainstream media and Clinton third-way political ideology continually rely on this mode of argument. In my experience, these people are often unable to bring facts to the political discussion. The media consistently lies, filling them with a bravado that allows them to feel superior. So, they gladly spew nonsense as they call anyone and everyone they dislike sexist and/or racist. They do this, all while avoiding the tough questions like 'If Trump is truly so terrible, how could he appeal to so many?' Or, 'How can one politician (Clinton) received so much favorable news coverage and still be mired in so much FALSE scandal?'
Critical thinking really is important when you talk to other people about your political beliefs. You have to be willing to allow for the possibility you may be incorrect or at least be humble enough to acknowledge that you may not be 100% correct all of the time. The united messaging of the MSM, Establishment Democrats and Celebrity Personalities has made it very difficult for the average person to construct their own distinct and view of our political climate. Important issues, outside of MAYBE abortion and guns, are wholly ignored while every tweet, statement, and move are blown extremely out of proportion. By polluting online discussion with paid trolls, nonstop fear mongering on social media and running 24-hour-a-day sensationalist headlines for nearly 2 YEARS now, the discussion of nearly anything political has been boiled down to 'THE LEFT IS CORRECT I MEAN COME ON YOU HAVE TO BE STUPID TO DISAGREE. WE KNOW TRUMP IS HITLER. WHAT ARE YOU RACIST?' No, I am not.
I could say to you, 'I believed Trump, in the long run, would be better for the American working class and middle America than Hillary Clinton and I voted for him because I think the renegotiation of NAFTA and killing the TPP were crucial to avoid another economic collapse. I also don't think Hillary's time as SoS was particularly positive, as we involved ourselves in even more foreign conflict and inflicted much more suffering abroad.' To that, many democrats would say: YOU ARE A RACIST or HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE! ENJOY NAFTA NOW THAT MUSLIM WOMEN ARE LITERALLY DYING SEXIST! LOOK WHAT YOUUUUUU DID!!
Hopefully, I don't have to point out to you why that argument is.... not an argument. It is the same thing with Pizzagate, which at this point, isn't even a question as to if it is being censored all around the internet. I don't believe in #PizzaGate because I am 100% certain that specific people involved in child sexploitation at a specific DC pizza place... But, based on my own reading and researching I am certain that our CIA and Politicians have a hand in the child human trafficking trade. You can't invent the connections found by the Pizzagate community, you can only cover your ears and eyes and ignore them. In my opinion, it merits an official investigation, which to this point, has not taken place. You can dismiss me and my entire argument for that opinion, sure. But, my point would be we don't make progress by looking at those with different opinions as somehow lesser.
By branding those you may disagree with as a 'racist, sexist, conspiratard' you make it really easy to look at these paragraphs and poopoo them without ever addressing any substantive points I may or may not have made. Instead, you may simply move on, feeling superior, if you even take the time to read them at all. This gets no one anywhere.
Just know, this failure to meet your opponents where they are at in terms of their own beliefs, ideologies, and arguments are the reason Hillary lost and is the reason Democrats will continue to struggle. The argument needs to be made on real issues. Mocking and minimizing the concerns of working class people does not make them go away. Just because you don't feel them or agree with them doesn't make you obviously right and calling people with real concerns stupid, ignorant bigots is just a way to galvanize opposition against you. Which is why many on the far left broke from the Dems to support Trump. Learn from this and improve how you frame your arguments and make salient points with patience and grace.
Edit: 'You' in this post is a general you, not you specifically, dear reader. Not necessarily.