So my father's logic is this: Liberals are Socialists, which are basically Communists, and Communists hate America. Therefore, Liberals hate America and want to see it burned from the inside out. How can I tell him that NO THEY DON'T ... but like, with facts and small words.
Can’t argue with facts and logic, better just register as a Republican.
Honestly, I’m not even sure at this point. I grew up in an area where ideas like your father’s are the norm. I know a lot of people who think that way, I honestly don’t think you can ever talk someone down from that level of animosity and well, delusional thinking. I’ve tried, a lot, and a long time ago I decided that in my personal life it’s just best not to talk politics with people like that.
Which is pretty fucking hard for me because I do shit like run this blog in my spare time. But in my experience no amount of facts, no talking point, no line of perfectly legitimate reasoning can sway people like that.
My personal theory is that people like that are pushing legitimate criticisms of our system onto other things, be it immigrants, Islam, or commie liberals. And that on some level their complaints are valid they just have the wrong ideas to solve those problems. So it’s up to the more rational among us to force a better society down their throats and hopefully we can move back to a time where politics are less polarized and insane and we can have rational discussions pushing towards the same goals again.
A lot of the time though I think that might be too optimistic, but as a whole I’ve found it’s easier than trying to convince those people I’m right and it’s a lot better than coming to terms with the possibility that people like that will happily destroy the country I believe in just to spite people like me for believing in it.
Which is sad. So lets create a happy little American Scandinavia and hope pissed off right wingers will be less pissed off and confrontational when their lives start to improve.