Is political name calling unwarranted or legitimate expression?
I'm not talking between two individuals having a discussion/argument and one calls the other a name. I mean directed towards political people on the other side in general. For example...
- A liberal might call Fox News "Faux News". Or Republicans "Repukes". Or calling Rick Santorum "Frothy" (look in the Urban Dictionary under "santorum", it's not complimentary, but I've seen it a lot on Facebook), or Bush "Shrub".
- A conservative might call OWS people "Occutards" or Democrats "Democrites". Or even more subtle as making a big deal over President Obama's middle name.
I will admit that I called Tea Party people "Tea Baggers" for awhile. While it did express in a way my feeling of the movement, I stopped because I didn't feel right doing it. Is name calling a legitimate form of expression to properly convey how one feels, or does it really do nothing more than to cheapen the whole process and drain what little respectability there is from our system?