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For a number of years, I have told people that while I might think people on the left are wrong in their beliefs, those same people treat my beliefs as illegitimate; that I have no right to hold different views than they. I believe that it peaked in the current gender wars, mostly because their views became less and less logical under even the gentlest scrutiny.
Now, the virus epidemic gives those people a whole new slew of issues on which, rather than make a cogent argument, it’s considered good form to simply say “how dare you!” That an intellectual adolescent the likes of Greta Thunberg was invited to the UN and literally made that argument foretold how bleak our future looks for any exchange of ideas.
It really hit home this morning when a local (San Antonio) financial columnist was screeching about our Lt. Governor. Dan Patrick had made the case that mitigating some of the quarantine might be worth considering given its effects on the economy. These arguments are the same as the caterwauling about the president’s suggestion about looking forward to Easter as a potential time to start relaxing quarantine rules. Literally nothing about proposing this as a date to think about changing the rules was controversial, yet it’s as if the POTUS proposed slaughtering seniors in their homes.
I wonder if we are past the point of no return, and there is no point in even trying to convince anyone on the other side, of anything.Published in