Emotions run hot when discussing politics. People of every political philosophy are guilty of getting carried away and saying reprehensible things to one another in defense of their beliefs. But even though heated discussions are nothing new when it comes to politics, serious accusations are now being thrown around recklessly in an attempt to discredit those with opposing political views.
Our current President is black, and I don’t think anyone can deny that this is a historic milestone for the nation. However, that doesn’t mean every policy coming from his office is going to be universally agreed upon. There has never been a president who hasn’t met with political opposition; even George Washington had detractors. So why are people now being branded as “racist” simply because they disagree with the President’s policies? Is he immune from making wrong choices because he’s black? Of course not! Are people that disagree with his choices all just bitter racists  as the President has claimed? Of course not! The very idea should be offensive to people of all races, as it implies that a black president should get different treatment than a white president.
Other terms that are being too freely thrown around are “bigot”, “misogynist”, and “hate”. According to liberals, if you don’t support same-sex marriage, you’re a bigot who hates homosexuals. If you don’t support abortion or government funding for birth control, you’re a misogynist who wants to control women. If you have a problem with immigrants who don’t follow immigration laws, you are, once again, racist. However, just because I disagree with you, it doesn’t logically follow that I hate you. Likewise, if I don’t want to give you everything you want, it doesn’t indicate hate. It’s just easier to dismiss people you don’t agree with as hateful rather than to try to understand their point of view.