I had a virtual argument with a friend of a friend on Facebook. He objected to the source of an article that the mutual friend posted and said that they (the website) “hated America.” And I asked how is it that when we disagree on something when it comes to politics, there is this assumption about hating or loving America.
I thought the point of the freedoms of the Constitution is that we don’t have to agree on everything. I don’t condone the behaviors of certain websites. And there are certainly Americans who hate America. And there are certainly lots of people outside of this country who hate us as well.
But when did we get the point where a disagreement on politics meant that you or I hated America just because we don’t agree with you? When did the political process get so heated, so personal, so polarizing that we can’t just agree to disagree? When did we start to think it was ok to tell someone that you can only be a true American if you agree with me?