Neo-neocon, A Connecticut Yankee’s lessons from trying to talk to a liberal

by CynthiaYockey on July 24, 2010

Neo-neocon is pondering how to talk to liberals tonight. I’m struck by her saying her liberal friends accused her of going over to the dark side because one of my friends who voted for Obama is now disgusted with him and sent around to her friends, including me, Robin of Berkeley’s recent post at American Thinker matching Obama’s behavior with the symptoms of various mental illnesses, “A shrink asks: what’s wrong with Obama?” Like neo-neocon, my friend thought she would get a rational discussion. Instead, ka-boom! from the liberals, who, wait for it, accused her of going over to the dark side!

My post answering neo-neocon on how to talk to liberals instantly transformed into my thoughts on how to talk to people who disagree with you on the basis of propaganda rather than information and who hate you with a passion — since I rather get that from both sides of the political spectrum — see above, “conservative lesbian” — and will take more time to finish than I want to spend right now. It is quite late and I need to get a full night’s sleep and wake up before my father does, so I am going to pass the baton to the capable hands of Mark Twain and my favorite chapter from his book, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, “Sixth Century Political Economy,” in which the Boss advocates the virtues of the free market to a blacksmith who favors protectionism. Spoiler alert: he wins but fails to consider how badly he frightens his audience in the process and they turn on him to save themselves — a pitfall to talking to liberals that it is worth assessing and avoiding to this day.

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  • Zurvan

    Ultimately, I think the greatest divide in this country is not conservative/liberal, but people who enjoy thinking and people who do not.

    There are risks to thinking for yourself. One is learning that you were wrong about something. If you like thinking, you can take solace in the realization that you’re always learning. If you do not, you feel only dread that you will have to *think* and take a new position.

    In the end, the only people who can continue to support Obama are people who refuse to think.

  • The real problem is that leftists do not wish to talk with us. They want to talk about us, sometimes they want to talk at us. Never with us. Trying to talk with them is a waste of time.

  • Syd

    We conservative gays get it from both sides, don’t we? I look forward to your comments on the matter.

  • Stinky

    Cynthia, I have some bad news for you:

    http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2010/07/11/how_facts_backfire?mode=PF

    Frankly, a thoroughly depressing article.

  • Jeff

    Americans are suffering from a cultural disorder:

    http://www.culturalcognition.net/projects/second-national-risk-culture-study.html

    It’s not depressing, it’s pathetic. I may have to move to the USA and the prospect is filling me with dread. You Yanks need to unplug your media and treat your political opponents like adults.

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