"You heartless bastard!" they say, "How dare you!"
And sadly, that is the level of discourse in this country today. People do not want to sit down and rationally discuss issues - to listen to what the other side has to say - and then argue something on its merits. Rather, we just hurl one-liners and insults at each other, as if actually stooping to listening or debating was beneath us.
This is why we have the new Donald Trump today - the Don Rickles-like insult comic, who just dismisses his opponents and their arguments with put-downs. It is not debate. It is not intellectual. It is not Conservative or Liberal. It is just school-yard taunting and name-calling.
And sadly, perhaps this has always been true - people prefer to think emotionally rather than logically. The vaunted Gore Vidal v. William F. Buckley, Jr. debates of 1968 were little more than emotionally charged name-calling between the two men. Very little of substance was said, but the insults flew back and forth. I am not sure how it could have enlightened anyone.
Once again, I digress...