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What's that about civility again?

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Opinion,Gregory Kane,Columnists

Mia Love is the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah. She's also a Mormon, a Republican and the daughter of parents who immigrated to the United States from Haiti.

And after her speech at the Republican National Convention -- one in which Love made it clear she did not prostrate herself before the altar of Barack Hussein Obama -- the Haitian-American Mormon mayor became something else: a target.

For years, it's been unfashionable to be black, Republican and conservative. Most African-Americans have decided we all must be Democrats and liberals. Deviate from the norm, and you'll be treated with the disdain usually reserved for the Tonton Macoutes.

Lately, even that's changed. It's not enough for blacks to be Democrats and liberals. Now, to prove our racial loyalty, we almost have to genuflect when President Obama's name is mentioned.

There are those that have apparently charged, tried and convicted Love of insufficient genuflection, but I'm sure she'll be happy to agree with them.

"[Obama's] policies have failed," Love said at the RNC. "We are not better off than we were four years ago, and no rhetoric, bumper sticker or Hollywood campaign ad can change that. Mr. President, I am here to tell you we are not buying what you are selling in 2012."

That must have sent some Obamaphiles over the edge. They became unhinged, downright balmy enough to go to Love's Wikipedia page and "update" her biographical data.

Foxnews.com reported the story with the title "Mia Love Wikipedia page vandalized with slurs." (What? You thought CNN, the Huffington Post or MSNBC were going to report the story?)

"Rising Republican star Mia Love's Wikipedia page was vandalized overnight with racist and sexist epithets," the first paragraph of the story reads. Further on, we get details of what was said.

"[O]ne section called her a 'dirty, worthless whore' who sold out to big business."

Once again, we see Republican, conservative women being subjected to the most despicable sexist slurs imaginable. (It makes you wonder, doesn't it, which side of the political spectrum REALLY hates women?)

A New Jersey writer called former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a "skeeza" -- a slang term for whore -- several years ago. You remember the outrage Democrats and liberals expressed at his comments, don't you? Of course you don't. You don't remember them being outraged after so-called comedian Bill Maher used a certain c-word to refer to former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, either.

Oh, there was more on Love's Wikipedia page. We don't know if the same person that called her a "dirty, worthless whore" also wrote that Love was "a sellout to the right-wing hate machine." The writer also accused Love of being "the House N----r she truly is."

You have to be aghast at the sheer chutzpah of someone spewing such hate accusing anybody of "selling out to the right-wing hate machine." But liberals and Democrats sincerely believe that only Republicans, conservatives and members of the Tea Party movement can truly hate.

Such hypocrisy explains why you never hear that n-word used by conservatives, Republicans or members of the Tea Party movement, while those on the Left seem to have cornered the market on it.

No Republican or Tea Party movement group has used that word to refer to Obama. But a member of the New Black Panther Party did, earlier this year. We didn't hear outrage from Democrats or liberals about that either.

When -- not if -- Democrats start accusing Republican presidential nominee and/or vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan of being a racist, let us recall how members of the donkey party reacted to the scurrilous attack on Love.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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