David Horowitz (who knows all too well) writes:
This is something that in my experience conservatives have a very hard time understanding. Conservatives are altogether too decent, too civilized to match up adequately, at least in the initital stages of the battle, with their adversaries. They are too prone to give them the benefit of the doubt. They assume that radicals can’t really want to destroy a society that is democratic and liberal and has brought wealth and prosperity to so many. Oh yes they can.
Something I have a very hard time understanding is why conservatives persist in taking the high ground, and clinging to cutesy, old fashioned ideas like, “Our opponents aren’t evil, they’re just wrong.” “We can disagree but still sit down and have a beer together.”
Your opponent believes it’s ok to stick surgical scissors in babies’ skulls but you can both forget your differences over a Guiness? Your opponent seriously thinks that George Bush was worse than Hitler but you still don’t mind chatting about the weather?
That seems pretty shallow and self-gratifying to me — still wanting to be “liked” and “popular” and look like a sophisticated, William F. Buckley type, hoping people will say nice things about you when you die, about how you had a “gift for friendship” blah blah blah.
I don’t want to be in the same room as leftists and 9/11 deniers and all-around morons. Life is too short (or, if you like, too long) to waste it with people who want to destroy everything you hold dear.