Hate is a terrible word. It is extremely condescending and demeaning. My mother told me never to use the word in connection to people, animals or things. I have tried to follow her advice, but sometimes the word just manifests itself involuntarily.

Hate is defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary as “to have strong dislike or ill will for; to dislike or wish to avoid; to feel hatred; to have great dislike or aversion; to loathe.” I don’t think any of those definitions adequately define hatred in today’s world, especially in the United States. The word hate has taken on new and vociferous meaning for a lot of organizations in our country. Hate blinds the eyes of the beholder. It diminishes reasoning and destroys objectivity.

As an example, President Donald Trump is the recipient of blind hate by the national news media, Democrats, elites, far-left organizations and many liberals, but not all. Trump could not have won the 2016 election without the votes of some liberals and middle of the road voters.

Hate for Trump has played a major part in news media presentations. Democrats are oblivious to the many positives that now are being enjoyed by the citizens of the United States. Unemployment is at an all-time low, employment among African-Americans and Hispanics is at an all-time high, the gross domestic product is reaching record levels and negotiations for a treaty with North Korea are progressing. New negotiations with Canada and Mexico over trade laws have just been successfully concluded. The positive lists are voluminous, but the inherent hate for Trump by the news media is so indelibly written into every script. There is no room for acknowledgement of any national or international accomplishments.

Hate is an inherent trait of many radical leftist organizations. Shelby Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “For many on the left a hateful anti-Americanism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle. For radical groups like Black Lives Matter, hatred of America is a theme of identity, a display of racial pride. It is undeniable that America has achieved since the ‘60s one of the greatest moral evolutions ever. That is a profound problem for the left whose existence is threatened by the diminishment of racial oppression. The left’s unspoken terror is that racism is no longer menacing enough to support its own power.”

Steele concludes a most provocative commentary by writing, “For the American left today, the indulgence in hate is a death rattle.”

It is hard to figure out when the Democrat Party started hating the U.S. — their raison d’etre, reason for being. Hatred of the U.S. did not start with Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman or John F. Kennedy. All of these men had love and pride of country and would defend her to the death. The Democrats morphed into a party that would no longer defend the U.S. to the death, but one that defends the power associated with the U.S.. I believe the election of Bill Clinton as president was the event that dumbed down the leadership of the Democrat Party.

However, Clinton did an acceptable job as president. Along with House Leader Newt Gingrich, he reduced the welfare rolls considerably and balanced the budget. But Clinton had a fatal flaw — he liked women, and to make it even more scuzzy, they liked him. Clinton’s love for women and his inherent power was an equation for disaster.

It would be interesting to see how the #MeToo organization, in today’s environment, would handle the sexual scandals that got Clinton impeached, although he wasn’t convicted. But Clinton’s transgressions have led to leaders of the Democrat Party like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Corey Booker and Richard Blumenthal, all purveyors of hatred. Until the party changes leadership, its message will continue to be one of hatred and despair.

John F. Floyd is a Gadsden native who graduated from Gadsden High School in 1954. He formerly was director of United Kingdom manufacturing, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., vice president of manufacturing and international operations, General Tire & Rubber Co., and director of manufacturing, Chrysler Corp. He can be reached at johnfloyd538@gmail.com. The opinions reflected are his own.