Saw this in the AOS HQ book thread this morning. This is a succinct summation of how the right has historically attempted to communicate with the left.
1. liberal: says something
2. conservative: responds
3. liberal: you’re a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
4a. conservative: I am not a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
4b. conservative attempts to give evidence for statement 4a.
5. liberal: not good enough
6. Goto step 3
But if the eight years of the Obama Administration taught us anything, it was this: The left (liberals, progressives, whatever) have no interest in being reasoned with or sharing a dialogue. The left is about two things: 1. Acquiring power. 2. Using power to punish people they don’t like. The Obama Administration eagerly grabbed executive power wherever it could. Sometimes this power was used directly against political opponents — like oil and coal companies, or Gibson Guitars, or Tea Party groups. Other times, it filtered down to the front lines of the culture wars, and was used to punish Christians who didn’t want to participate or support gay marriage, or college men falsely accused of rape, or small towns in the midwest who suddenly found themselves swamped with “refugees” and illegal immigrants.
Now that we on the right have learned that the left has no interest in real dialogue, this is how conversations take place in the Trump Era.
1. conservative: says something
2. liberal: you’re a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour
3. conservative: fcuk you.
I wish it weren’t like this, but what’s the point in trying to be reasonable with people who are just going to write you off as a racist | sexist | bigot | pejorative du jour anyway?