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Will political conformity destroy liberalism in the United States?

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For the last several years we have seen the most rabid conservatives turning on those they see as less than ideologically pure, deriding them as RINOs - Republicans In Name Only. Little did those in the liberal/progressive community realize that the same political cannibalism we have enjoyed watching among conservatives would come to be visited upon us.

Just as those who are ignorant of history are doomed to repeat it, so are the dogmatic dullards who would insist that all liberals everywhere be on the same page, who would send dissenters from what they see as the “norm” into Coventry, banished from the world of decent people.

There was a time, not so long ago, when an intelligent human being might be able to say, “Some of my beliefs are conservative, and others are liberal,” without the incoherent shrieking of those unable to wrap their heads around such a statement condemning them in the public square . . . or Facebook and twitter, which is sort of like the public square for those who don’t get out much.

As a liberal, I am glad to find an ally anywhere; it doesn’t matter a whit whether they agree with me spiritually, or eat the same foods I eat, read the same books I read, or belong to the same organizations as I do.

But of late we have seen a self-destructiveness creeping into American liberalism.

People of faith are mocked by those too ignorant to understand that many of the social movements of our past were led by the religious.

Liberals who have qualms about abortion are shown the door.

Many liberals own guns - infidels!

There is a medical term for those who demand total fealty to group-think:

Stupid.

It’s how you lose elections, and alienate folks who would otherwise be allies. It is political insanity.

Liberalism has to get beyond the humorless and the dogmatic, the political dullards who would sacrifice everything in their quest for total political purity.

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