Every time I find a good rock to bash liberals with, I find that I can use it on conservatives as well. Imagine, if you will, two videos side by side with the sound turned off. It’s easy to recognize the groups by dress: Conservatives paunchy or hippy, polyester suits, floral prints, haircuts by Walmart. Liberals chic or earthy or bikey, with beards on the men, mostly. And what are they talking about? Other groups. And what is their conversation like? Opinionated, scathing, narrow-minded, snide, sometimes vicious. In Utah, where I live, liberals love to gather and bash Mormons. Conservatives love to gather and bash liberals. The subjects vary, but the tenor remains the same. I tend to favor Conservatives a little, because their smugness level isn’t quite as high. After all, conservatives feel free to tell everybody else what to do because they have it from God. Liberals feel free to tell everybody else what to do because of their superior moral stature, intellectual capacity, and education. So conservatives are one step removed from being all-knowing, while liberals are the very source.
One other problem I have, though, is the nagging feeling that liberals, obnoxious as they may be, have some very good ideas. This is hard to swallow. Don’t you hate it when people are insufferable and also right?