If you were talking about Reagan or GW Bush I might be receptive to this, but when you say it about people who support Trump, no, I can't agree and I can't go along, and facile though it may sound I cannot view these people as anything but enemies. Allow me to explain.

A few months ago I tracked down my best friend at Purdue in 1972-4. We played music together, he on guitar and I on flute, mandolin, and others. In my first email to him I revealed that I had left the country ten years earlier and that Palin's RNC speech had figured highly in my decision. He didn't like that at all and it turned out he is a Trump supporter.

OK, I knew this guy well, we talked every day for almost two years, I knew he wasn't a bigot. And the same happened the last (in both senses of the word) communication I had with my ex.

Neither of these people would ever burn a cross or use the N word at Xmas dinner. But.

The fact that their party of allegiance uses bigotry of every kind to motivate their "values voters" wasnt enough to dissuade these people. In the simplest possible terms they may not have been active bigots, but they certainly were passive ones. n The unapologetic bigotry of the Republican party is not a deal-breaker for altogether too many people.

Maybe they really believe in the traditional conservative fig leaves; strong defense, secure borders, small government. But they know about the rest; they know about the GOP's hatred of environmentalism (the pivotal issue for me) and the centrality of hate. And it's not enough to turn them off.

As for the mirror on what we erroneously call The Left, I disown the SJWs. They're as rigid in their orthodoxy as the worst conservatives.

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