When I was growing up, I learned from discussion and debate about the differences between Conservatives and Liberals. It seemed to me when I was young, that there was something to be said for either side, the weight falling on the present need. Liberals generally wanted to make social corrections and to protect rights for minorities, which was good. Conservatives wanted to hold true to the Constitution’s directions and limits, and to protect America’s interests in the world, especially from subversion and insurrection. This too, was good. Naturally, people usually took some things they liked from both sides, because for a very long time people could and did vote on the basis of the individual candidate, and both Republicans and Democrats had a range of political thought in their numbers.
For a number of reasons, I found myself increasingly Conservative, especially as the Democrats (representing the Liberal perspective) became shrill and unreasonable. By the time I was thirty years old, quite a while ago, it was already apparent that Liberals were as a rule bitter and hostile. And it occurred to me that this is happening because as a rule, their leaders are bitter and hostile.
So, what happened?