We’ve made our cases. We agree on a lot, but we come to different conclusions. That’s not a problem for me.
It may be a problem for you. I hope not.
It seems to be a problem for most Democrats. Somehow they must believe they’re right and everyone else is seriously in error, due to logical, moral, or other handicaps.
I hope that’s a cognitive shortcoming you don’t possess. It’s possible for equally rational, equally well-informed, equally moral people to disagree for valid reasons. Perfect rationality is not a trait humans possess. Would that it were otherwise.
I prefer to avoid phrases like “far off base.” They add nothing to any argument. To the contrary, phrases like that detract from civil discourse. It’s enough to say something like “I think you’re wrong.” In fact, it’s not generally necessary to do even that, because it’s usually obvious.
I should stop here, but there are other things I want to add. They’re not directed at you. Please don’t take them personally.
Democrats, generally speaking, are now McCarthyist in style and thought. They are not at all reluctant to make serious accusations of treason and traitorous behavior, with no basis. They throw out serious accusations of dishonesty, lack of intelligence, lack of morality without hesitation.
No one is allowed to question any Democratic/establishment dogma. Democrats, again in general, support restrictions on free speech that should be intolerable. They claim to fear fascism, but, in fact, they advocate it. They advocate protecting people from “fake news” by limiting what is allowed speech and thought.
They no longer believe in the famous quote
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it
To the contrary. Do you have doubts about the impact of Russia on the 2016 election? Then you’re a worthless human being who should be shunned.
Do you question Biden’s suitability as President? Likewise.
Can you admit that Trump was right to stop the TPP? That he has done anything at all laudable? Those are thought crimes.
Democrats have an unquestioning belief in everything the corporate media claim. They have forfeited all independent though and no longer question anything they’re supposed to believe. They try to prevent others from having “impure” thoughts. They don’t say “That seems odd. Why did the NYT write that?” The don’t value questioning of their trusted sources. They trust, but they don’t verify.
Many of these failures have always been part of Republican style. But now the contemporary Democratic Party shares them. The current party is precisely the opposite of the one I grew up with. I miss the old Democratic Party, but I fear it is gone for good.
Again, I don’t accuse you of any of this. These are general observations I want to “get off my chest” and now seems as good a time as any to do so.