I ran across this story and I thought it was interesting from the perspective of the kind of hatred and anger we often direct at ourselves, meaning our fellow Americans. The story is about this man, Carlos Arredondo, wearing the cowboy hat.
In 2004 his son was killed in Iraq by a sniper and Carlos attempted to commit suicide by burning himself alive with a can of gasoline. Later on he became passionately anti-war, he's what many of you would describe as a liberal who thinks we should have never invaded Iraq and it was done as a knee-jerk reaction to 9/11. He attended protests were in 2007 he was assaulted by members of a counter protest going on at the same time. Later in 2011 his other son committed suicide
The Redemption Of The Man In The Cowboy Hat | Cognoscenti
Daily Kos: Boston Hero Carlos Arredondo Beaten by 'Gathering of Eagles' Thugs in 2007
The People Who Assaulted a Gold Star Father on September 15th | War Is A Crime .org
This topic isn't attempting to paint all liberals as selfless heroes or all conservatives as violent offenders, I'm making it in the hopes that some of the folks here who often try to dehumanize people they disagree with as "scum," "unamerican," "pink-commie" you get the idea will remember what was demonstrated here. That despite political differences when things really started going bad none of that mattered and this man acted in a way we would all consider heroic and a fine example of American pride. Let's not let the things that are different about us, despite how passionately we feel about them in the present, ever let us dehumanize our fellow Americans who despite any political differences we'll always have far more in common with and share more beliefs with than anything that may be different between us.