Dinesh D'Souza wrote an inflammatory rant published at Townhall.com entitled "Why the Left Hates Democracy." While the piece makes a series of well founded statements detailing leftist critiques of US foreign policy efforts to promote democracy in the Middle East, the implication that D'Souza draws and the venomous title that runs with the piece completely invalidate any point the author might have been trying to make.
Left or Right, Liberal or Conservative, D'Souza is talking about Americans: Americans with differing political opinions, ideas, and notions about the best way to accomplish any given goal, Americans who believe in the political process, Americans who love their country.
The problem is that the United States, being the immigrant nation that it is, has a national identity grounded in the principles of its foundation: liberty, democracy, social justice, equality, and freedom.
Americans use "Democracy" as a short hand to refer to all of that -- a government that derives its power to govern from the will of the people and serves them. In short, everything that it is to be "America" and "American" is wrapped up in that all-important word: "Democracy."
When someone says that "the Left" or "the Right" "hates Democracy" they are doing more than making a political statement. Buried within there is the insinuation of traitorous intent and betrayal. To accuse an American, particularly one who actively participates in the political process of "hating democracy" is to label that person a traitor, an enemy of all that they believe in, all that it is to be American.
Such accusations are certainly not those of a person who "views as virtuous an incomplete conquest" as Theodore Lowi would put it. Indeed one might go so far as to (somewhat ironically) call such assertions "undemocratic."
Left or Right, Americans are involved in politics because they believe in the political process - the very foundation of democracy - and want to see the United States make (what they view as) the right choices. While leftists may often disagree with the conservative Right and certainly with D'Souza, that does not mean they love their country any less or wish to see it fail any more.
It simply indicates a different set of national priorities and a different view of what constitutes success.
Accusing an American of hating Democracy is accusing them of hating their country - indeed hating the very thing it is to be an American. It is the most cruel and most hatefully vindictive thing that one might say within the scope of the modern American political discourse.
And it has no place in a civilized discussion.