Kassy Dillion is a writer for the Daily Wire which is Ben Shapiro’s site. We had this exchange:
Generally people can separate the public person from their humanity. I hated Obama as President but think he's a good man. Where we get in trouble is when people can't make that distinction. Private citizens are a different matter.
— Mark Rosneck (@spudhorse) November 8, 2018
I wanted to expand on this for a moment. For the most part, I believe that those on the right can separate hating the politics of a person with hating the person.
Before Donald Trump became president, he was a very popular person with pretty much everyone. He was “The Donald.” I believe what surprised President Trump was that once he was elected, people who loved him instantaneously hated him on a deep personal level. He certainly knew that many people would hate his policies but how they were able to shift to hating him as a person probably came as a huge surprise to him.
Speaking for myself, I wasn’t surprised at all since I’ve seen too often how the left’s basic modus operandi is to demonize both the person and the policy. We know this as the Alinsky rule that says “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”
We on the right don’t tie our well being to politics in the same way the left does. My health isn’t tied to anything the government does in healthcare. I’m going to do what I need to do while minimizing my costs as best I can based on whatever silly thing the government has done today. My self-image definitely isn’t tied to any government policy! My upbringing has served my well relating to all human beings. If I’m offended, I fall back to “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” If I offend someone, I apologize. Simple but effective.
In politics, I separate hating the policy from hating the person. I don’t hate anyone (with a few exceptions!). We’ve got a new Democrat governor here in Colorado who’s going to make Governor Hickenlooper look like a far right conservative by comparison. I am absolutely going to hate everything he’s going to do. On the other hand, as a person he’s had a fascinating life. He happens to be gay which bothers me not at all. He was the founder of proflowers.com which has been a long time advertiser on the Rush Limbaugh Show. He’s a very smart man who I wouldn’t mind meeting someday.
We also need to make a distinction between public and private citizens. Being a public person means you’ve set yourself up as someone who the public is going to comment about. If you don’t want that to happen, don’t enter the public discourse. The best example are actors. For me, I can separate the actor from their public personality; I know that some of you can’t or don’t want to. I think George Clooney is a very good actor and I enjoy his films. There are a number of actresses I think do a remarkable job who are very left leaning. I’d pretty much need to stop watching television or movies if I made judgments based on the cast’s political leanings!
If you wish to be a private citizen, I respect that your political leanings may be different than mine and frankly I don’t care what they are. As my mother would have said — “It takes all kinds!”