I want to expand on a comment made here, since Joe often says I shouldn’t bury certain things in comments. I’m never really sure what he means by that, so I can only give it a go;
The citizens have been declared incompetent. Posing a danger to themselves and others, they cannot be entrusted with their basic rights. That is, in a nutshell, the entire message of the left, and they call us hateful, racist and divisive.
It’s really simple; in their efforts to rob us of our treasure and trample our rights, they have to portray us as evil by way of justification and to rally others to their side. That’s the whole gig, right there.
In opposing them, always keep that in mind. When you cut right to the chase with the basics, there’s nothing for them to do but express outrage, kicking and screaming, pointing fingers and lying in the hope that we’ll be distracted off-subject, that we’ll embarrass ourselves with a reply in-kind or be intimidated into silence. Maintain your course and composure, argue principles, and they lose every time. This takes practice.
Remember that this is not about the person, or the people, making the argument. If this or that person weren’t making the silly assertions, it would be someone else. “It” will always find a willing accomplice. You’re not fighting the person or the group of people on the attack. You’re fighting the urge toward theft and coercive power. That urge feeds on weakness, and can infect a lot of people.