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  •  What saddens and amazes me (and (3+ / 0-)

    frightens me a bit) is how these Bircher/Winger people — some of whom I have known since childhood — are being actively taught to hate and despise and refuse to engage with people who don't believe as they do.

    They're being taught not to trust their own reason as well: "Don't talk to the lefties! You may start thinking that what they're saying makes sense, but it's all an unAmerican evil One World Order trap!!"

    I've been told that because I don't believe in the radical quasi-libertarian interpretation of certain Constitutional amendments, I've "already given up [my] liberties" — whatever the eff that's supposed to mean. (Or maybe it's because I live in the EU and have good healthcare — oh, sorry, have fallen prey to the evils of socialized medicine, among other godless schemes of the devil.)

    Sigh.

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