On Divisiveness and Being a Conservative

It is not possible for a liberal to be “divisive,” however crazed he or she may be. This is true even though the whole point of a political system is to decide issues about which people disagree. If people don’t disagree, it isn’t a political issue. So to argue for any political point of view is necessarily divisive. But divisiveness is a one-way street. When liberals express liberal views, that’s just being a patriotic American. When conservatives express conservative views, it’s “divisive.”

So speaks John of Power Line. I think he’s on to something. Unfortunately, many conservatives care so deeply what others think of them that they step back from things which are “divisive” while thinking that they are adding to the discussion by not causing offense and by somehow remaining above the fray.