I know, Geezer, you are right. In fact, over the last couple of years, with Trump encouraging all of the worst, most vile and disgusting traits in our fellow citizens to be acceptable and even flaunted proudly, with every racist, homophobic, xenophobic, white supremacist, nationalist, fascist, authoritarian asshole coming out of the shadows into the light of day all around me, I find myself retreating further and further from my fellow Americans. I used to be a fairly social creature, but more and more I don’t like being around my fellow Americans, as I am finding there are SO MANY of them that display the ugliest of traits. I can’t converse with them logically, because they despise logic and immediately identify me as a “libtard” (apparently intelligence is a give away sign to those on the Right); I can’t talk about most issues with them because their Neanderthal biases are at odds with mine, and they are unable to have calm, rational, open discussions with someone that has differeing opinions than theirs (race - forget about it; politics - all liberals must die, all things on the Right are awesome. Economy - if it’s bad then it’s the Left’s fault, the key is to cut taxes/privatize everything; foreign policy - military good, diplomacy bad, Israel and Saudi Arabia and Russia and Britain good, most every other country bad, everyone else needs to do what the U.S. says; etc, etc, etc, etc).
In short, being around so many moronic, close-minded, uninformed, intellectually incurious, dishonest, hateful individuals that are incapable of even trying to talk civilly with someone “not on their team” is just too damned stressful (and, to be honest, in many cases physical dangerous) and I opt to not do it. Not very healthy, perhaps, but better for my sanity and blood pressure.