Stay tuned. Coming soon in this blog will be a link to what could be the best column of the year so far.
To my conservative readers, do you know any liberals? Do you have any liberal friends?
My answer to both is yes.
Ever pay close attention to how they speak?
They do not speak to you. They lecture you.
Gerard Alexander is an associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia.
In 2010 he wrote a column: Why are liberals so condescending?
Every political community includes some members who insist that their side has all the answers and that their adversaries are idiots. But American liberals, to a degree far surpassing conservatives, appear committed to the proposition that their views are correct, self-evident, and based on fact and reason, while conservative positions are not just wrong but illegitimate, ideological and unworthy of serious consideration. Indeed, all the appeals to bipartisanship notwithstanding, President Obama and other leading liberal voices have joined in a chorus of intellectual condescension.
After the column was published Alexander wrote in an online chat:
Liberals have developed detailed critiques of conservatives, critiques which (1) claim that effectively all conservatives at all times operate on the basis of flawed thinking about how the world works, and (2) are voiced by liberals from TV personalities through magazines, best-selling book writers, and leading elected officials, including the president. I’m unaware of, say, George W. Bush, John McCain, or Palin — or William F. Buckley or the National Review or the Weekly Standard — voicing theories which argue that effectively all liberals are wrong all the time. That’s the one-way street.
Now it’s 2018 and, of all places, Alexander writes in the NY Times:
Liberals often don’t realize how provocative or inflammatory they can be. In exercising their power, they regularly not only persuade and attract but also annoy and repel.
In fact, liberals may be more effective at causing resentment than in getting people to come their way.
Liberals are trapped in a self-reinforcing cycle. When they use their positions in American culture to lecture, judge and disdain, they push more people into an opposing coalition that liberals are increasingly prone to think of as deplorable. That only validates their own worst prejudices about the other America.
Those prejudices will be validated even more if Mr. Trump wins re-election in 2020, especially if he wins a popular majority. That’s not impossible: The president’s current approval ratings are at 42 percent, up from just a few months ago.
Liberals are inadvertently making that outcome more likely.
This isn’t some two-line gossip deal on Facebook. There’s some reading involved. But it’s all worth it.