There’s a bit of a debate going on over whether not hurling personal insults at people constitutes letting liberals dictate the terms of debate. Having lived in leftie college towns for most of my life, I know what life under the liberal thought police is like; hence I deliberately ran for office as a Republican twice, simply as a reminder that we still live in a free country and that not all Republicans are necessarily the bigoted demons they are depicted as being.

The idea being discussed is a simple one. Telling the truth about Democrats should be part of Republican ideology:

We do not have to lower ourselves to their level. We merely have to tell the truth about who the Democrats are. People who voted for Obama (or any other Democrat) should be ashamed of themselves.

The GOP’s ridiculous defensive flinch reflex — “Oh, no! Somebody said rude things about Democrats!” — is symptomatic of a larger problem: Republicans let liberals dictate the terms of debate.

OK with that? No one should have a problem with the truth, and my initial reaction was that he had a good point. Until I read the truth about who the Democrats are part (in a post titled “The Filthy Rotten Party of Corruption, Treason, Fraud, Sodomy and Abortion”):

Most Republicans are born and raised Republicans, and are spiritually attuned to the sentiments of bourgeois respectability that are core values to the decent, honest people the GOP represents. By contrast, Democrats owe their power to the vilest dregs of humanity — corrupt union goons, Marxist academics, criminals, drug addicts, sexual perverts and race hustlers — who have no respect for the values of decent, honest people.

Correct me if I am wrong, but the argument here is not only that gays and drug addicts are the “vilest dregs of humanity,” but that to not tell this “truth” constitutes letting liberals dictate the terms of debate.

Sorry, but that just plain sucks.

I know I’m repeating myself here, but if the above statement in fact constitutes conservatism, I am not now, and will never be, a conservative.

Of course, as a libertarian I have never laid claim to being a conservative, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal (indeed, the more repellent on a personal level conservatism becomes, the easier it is to disavow and avoid). However, if conservatism is in fact to be the bigoted ideology some people want it to be, it’s going to be awfully hard for libertarians in the Republican Party to ever get along with conservatives. And even harder to get the hated squishy independents to hold their nose and vote for Republicans.

“Oh, no! Somebody said rude things about Democrats!” is not the way I would frame my objection, for the simple reason that the Republican Party also includes some of the vilest dregs of humanity. Included among these vilest dregs are of course those who consider me and my friends to be the vilest dregs of humanity.

Seriously, it is no exaggeration to say that some of the vilest dregs I have ever met are Republicans.

I’d say “Can’t live with ’em, can’t live without ’em” but that would be trite. It also might be wishful thinking.

Maybe it’s time to admit that we cannot get along.