Great column from Instapundit, humbly asking that we tone down our political rhetoric a tad:
I thought it was wrong when Bush supporters in 1992 slapped ‘Don’t Blame Me, I Voted for Bush’ stickers on their cars before Clinton was even sworn in. The simmering Clinton-hatred was bad for the country and, for that matter, for Republicans. Likewise, the even more over-the-top Bush-hatred of the past eight years has been bad for our polity, and for the haters. Now I hope that whoever wins, the nation will follow the lead of Moran and Scalzi.
You don’t have to love the ‘other guy.’ You don’t have to hold back on fighting against policies you don’t like. You don’t have to pull punches. But once someone is duly and legally elected president, you do owe some respect to the office and the Constitution. And to your fellow Americans.
I’m not an Obama fan, particularly, but a lot of people I like and respect are. To treat Obama as something evil or subhuman would not only be disrespectful toward Obama, but toward them. Instead, I hope that if Obama is elected, their assessment of his strengths will turn out to be right, and mine will turn out to be wrong. Likewise, those who don’t like John McCain or Sarah Palin might reflect that by treating Palin and McCain as obviously evil and stupid, they’re disrespecting tens of millions of their fellow Americans who feel otherwise. And treating a presidency held by a guy you don’t like as presumptively illegitimate suggests that presidents rule not by election, but by divine right, so that whenever the “other guy” wins, he’s automatically a usurper.