Ever since college, I have blessed with friends and teachers holding political views opposed to my own. My favorite political science professor in college was — and remains — a Marxist. One of my favorite professors in law school has since become one of the leading liberal jurist in the country.
These professors, like many liberals, strive to respond to conservative arguments without insulting the person making them or questioning his motives or his awareness of current events. They know that people can hold viewpoints different from their own and arrive at them through legitimate means.
All too often, however, we conservatives find that whenever we articulate a politically incorrect viewpoint or express considered opposition to the incumbent administration, our left-of-center interlocutors express incredulity that a supposedly intelligent individual could say such things. A woman who overheard a visiting reader and I criticizing the president at a Los Angeles restaurant, turned around to accuse us of racism. She later relented in her rebuke when I explained why the incumbent has failed (she had actually thought the Democrat had cut the federal budget!).
And then there are the reactions when we dare take issue with articles my left-of-center friends link — or arguments they make — on Facebook. Today, when I said the president’s campaign theme was at odds with a much-linked (by lefties) video of the Democrat singing a song about staying together, dubbing Obama a divider, this friend all but cut and paste the response of other liberal friends when I call a liberal shibboleth into question: “just because one sees it on fox does not make it true.” Some, to be sure, call the news network, “FauxNews” (and think they’re so clever in doing so).
Which all leads to the question (repeatedly asked): why are so many supposedly intelligent people so ready to dismiss opposing arguments without even considering them — and remain ready as well to attack the ideas’ advocates.