Raging At The Dying Of Their Light

Twice in recent years pleasant social events have been shattered by rage-filled outbursts when liberal men of a certain age learned that I disagreed with their views.  In each case the rage with which perfectly polite disagreement was expressed suggested to me that more than political differences were involved.  As time has passed, I have come to believe that the reactions I received represented a rage at the dying of all that which these men had embraced in the absolute certainty of the righteousness and soundness of their views, and their right to have them automatically accepted as the approved model for all right thinking people.  In the first instance, some years ago, I was a guest at the lovely Maine lakeside lodge of a relative of a college roommate.  At the conclusion of a perfectly pleasant dinner in which the conversation was not at all political, my host asked quite unexpectedly what I thought of (then) president George W. Bush.  I said I loved him....(Read Full Article)

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