I’ve been blocked, unfriended, de-friended, and maligned for being a conservative. (Add in being a conservative who is also female, highly educated, and unmarried with no kids, and lives in a deep blue state, and it’s a hate-fest.) On several occasions, I’ve been presumed to be incompetent, stupid, or uneducated because I’m a registered Republican.
Conservatiephvobia is worse than it had been in decades past. At least ‘back then,’ liberals supported things that were great in the short term and horrific in the long term (e.g. the ‘war on poverty,’ undermining marriage, Social Security, stringent workplace regulations that encourage offshoring, tax systems that create a short-term boost and long-term malaise, abortion).
Short-term pain, and short-term cause and effect, matters a lot. It’s much easier to at least convince someone that drinking to excess is bad for his health than that smoking is bad for his health; the former will become apparent as he spends the next day dry-heaving and suffering through a splitting headache. Unfortunately for liberals, their own policies are now blowing up on them in the short term, with no long-term relief in sight. Whether it be ObamaCare (insuring only a fraction of those who should have been insured, at a cost of about ten times the original price), Obama himself (a failure by almost any standard), the stimulus, or Ebola, it doesn’t take two generations to show them that they are wrong: it’s apparent right now.
As conservatives, who have been vilified as racist misogynists who want people to die in the streets, connect the dots between liberal policies and current problems, there is no buffer of a generation or two, a buffer that would allow them to say things about alternate causes or ‘we don’t really know that’ or ‘it’s the law of the land.’ A mere six years after everyone told us that conservatism was dead, Obama was the best president since George Washington, and only haters opposed his agenda, the liberal ideology collided with reality and left a wreck big enough to shut down the proverbial highway.
Maybe conservatives could be nicer about being right, but given the amount of venom thrown at us, it’s unlikely. So unfriend away, but understand that the acrimony is mostly your doing.