Dennis Prager puts it most succinctly: conservatives think progressives are wrong; progs think conservatives are evil.
And for all the caterwauling about the decreasing civility and yawning tribalism in American society, and the straining to be even-handed about it, I believe it to be a self-obvious fact the problem tracks that fairly closely; Red America looks at Blue America in bemused confusion, like an older, more-responsible brother shaking his head at the tacky neck tattoo his idiot sister brought back from art school; Blue America genuinely hates Red America.
Hate. The H bomb. H A Double Hatepicks.
For many on the left a hateful anti-Americanism has become a self-congratulatory lifestyle. “America was never that great,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said. For radical groups like Black Lives Matter, hatred of America is a theme of identity, a display of racial pride.
For other leftists, hate is a license. Conservative speakers can be shouted down, even assaulted, on university campuses. Republican officials can be harassed in restaurants, in the street, in front of their homes. Certain leaders of the left—Rep. Maxine Waters comes to mind—are self-appointed practitioners of hate, urging their followers to think of hatred as power itself.
How did the American left—conceived to bring more compassion and justice to the world—become so given to hate? It began in the 1960s, when America finally accepted that slavery and segregation were profound moral failings. That acceptance changed America forever. It imposed a new moral imperative: America would have to show itself redeemed of these immoralities in order to stand as a legitimate democracy.
The whole thing is worth a read.
Of course, the old biblical parallel says as you sew, you shall reap. As the Democrats discovered (but, I suspect, didn’t learn) in 2016, if your entire “value proposition” is identity politics, eventually your opponents will respond as an identity group.
And if all you’re putting out is hatred…?