“We should be doing everything possible to make it easier for people to participate in the political process,” Sanders said in statement about the bill. “While this would not be a cure-all, it would indicate a national commitment to create a vibrant democracy.“ He’s right, making it a national holiday could revolutionize democracy in America.
Wondering whether there were patterns in how often common negative words were applied to people of various political stripes, I analyzed the American sources collected since 2012 by Oxford’s New Monitor Corpus (which aggregates more than 100 million words of English usage each month from online publications) to find the negative nouns most frequently modified by liberal, left-wing, and Democrat(ic), on the one hand, and conservative, right-wing, and Republican on the other. This is a crude approximation, since the pattern “[partisan adjective] [noun]” represents a small proportion of all partisan insults. The figure above shows the percentage of usage of the top insults in the sample applied to liberals and conservatives, respectively.