Communist, socialist, Marxist, Nazi, Kenyan, Muslim, terrorist, alien, "other."
This is just a partial list of false labels, as many are unfit to print here.
The fact that every reader knows exactly to whom I am referring says a great deal about us as Americans. These are the buzzwords that cause the right-leaning crowd to turn red in the face and start to stammer, a little like Rush Limbaugh with the puffed-up face and the furrowed brow. He never seems happy unless he is tearing apart someone. Is there a purpose to this kind of dialogue, or are we just destroying our democracy from within?
I have an alternative list to propose to those out there who still have one foot in reality. Our futures might depend on it.
Read. Think critically. Ask questions. Demand answers. Read some more. Debate fairly. Listen. Read some more. Decide for yourself what is credible and what is not. Hold elected officials accountable.
Vote -- and don't let anyone tell you that this year you don't have the right to vote.