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.
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