A little over 8 years ago some friends said that they were going to stage an intervention on me. They were gravely concerned about my mental state due to a decision I made. That decision was to vote for John McCain instead of Barack Obama. In 2008 well meaning college educated friends thought that voting for an intelligent, selfless, well meaning conservative was an intervention worthy action equivalent to shooting heroin or having a mental illness. I subsequently ruined a number of social gatherings just by mentioning my political preference. Friends who were laughing w/ me opened the trapdoor beneath me and unleashed their vitriol the moment my opinions became known. I’ve been called a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a flat earther, selfish and everything in between — by friends. By association, the media has called me worse. I wrote a bit on the internet and social media but stopped due to the swarm of hate and the fear that I might one day lose my job the way the Mozilla CEO did. Over the years I just stopped talking politics at all except in the company of family and the few friends mature enough to stomach an alternative viewpoint.
Many things led to Trump. But the vilification of legitimate conservative opinions is chief among them. John McCain and Mitt Romney were made out to be Death Star pilots. That doesn’t leave many metaphors left to describe someone worse than them. So is there any sense in trying to win liberals? Why not nominate someone who — whatever his qualifications — can at least win an argument on the internet? He’ll be trashed as dumb and evil no matter what. I did not vote for Trump. I was never even close. But I totally get why people did. The Non-TED-Talk Americans just stood up and hit our intellectual culture over the head with a frying pan. On that I say, “well struck and well deserved.”
More at this address: https://medium.com/@uuilly/a-closeted-sf-conservative-af1ef1097d3d#.61ealnmrc
Via a Brit Hume tweet- https://twitter.com/brithume/status/797418988477251584