I have this thought every now and again when I “friend” someone on Facebook who doesn’t know about my politics. Given the circles in which I have traveled over the years, it seems the better part of the people I have met are to the left of the political center. Now, many of these people do know about my politics, given that I have been “out” politically even in some very liberal circles. But, some do not. And I wonder how they might react when I link a post I have written here.
On more than one occasion, when I have come out politically to friends (& acquaintances) in Hollywood, they were surprised that someone so “thoughtful,” “creative” and/or ‘sensitive” (their adjectives not mine) could be Republican.
So, it struck me (and not for the first time) that while we intellectual conservatives with an artistic bent (as well as artistic conservatives with an intellectual bent) have regularly traveled in circles where we are a minority, many of our liberal counterparts have rarely encountered conservatives.
I wonder if that is why so many (but fortunately not all) on the left so readily dismiss conservative ideas without even considering them and why some otherwise very smart liberals do not seem capable of engaging their “ideological adversaries” on an intellectual level, preferring ad hominem attacks to argument. We, in contrast, are used to defending our ideas and often encounter liberals who accord them (and us) much respect. So, we know there are thoughtful liberals out there and thus do not define them as a monolithic narrow-minded bloc.
Some of their ideological confrères (and -soeurs) out there, however, don’t seem to meet many intellectual (or intelligent) conservatives. So they just assume . . .
*Please note this is one of those random thoughts I had promised yesterday. Perhaps, I should add the words “One Reason” to the beginning of the title as I don’t think this is a complete explanaation of the phenomenon.