One of the most striking things about this year's political discourse (as if name-calling and wild accusations can be dignified with such a term) is that what used to be considered traditional and commonplace thinking is now labeled as extremism and bigotry. A few examples:
- If you believe that the U.S. Constitution means only what it actually says, you are an extremist who ought to be wearing a powdered wig.
- If you believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one man and one woman, you are a homophobe and a bigot.
- If you think people should not be allowed to break into our country illegally, then get free education, health care and jobs and to march in our streets to protest the violation of their "rights," you are a racist, a xenophobe, and your state should be boycotted.
The good news is that we "hayseeds" -- that is, those of us who are not part of the rootless, cosmopolitan elite -- have endured so many accusations of "racism" that we're pretty much immune now. We've had enough, and change -- real change -- is going to come, no matter what our handlers have to say about it.