When I moved down to New Orleans, I really tried to make nice with all of the liberals who surround me here. After all, they are my neighbors, my bar staff, many of my co-workers...pretty much everyone that I have to interact with regularly. There are few exceptions on this bright blue island in the southern part of this otherwise very red state So I need to try to deal with them as best I can.
At first, it wasn't hard. Just smile a lot and use small words and don't crinkle your none at the smell of weed or B.O..
But this past couple of weeks, they've been collectively losing their minds on the issues, and then they get really, viscerally upset if you do not share in their outrage.
Last week, they all screamed for gun control after the Orlando murders. No one should be allowed to own guns, they demanded, almost to a person. The problem isn't muslims, they say...it's white people with guns...except white muslims. And the open gays are shouting love for muslims the loudest currently, claiming that bigoted white Christians (with guns) are their only enemies.
Then this career-criminal mutt named Alton Sterling gets shot for fighting with the police and reaching for a gun, and the mantra now is that "he shouldn't have been killed just for having that gun! He needed it to protect himself while "hustling" (selling counterfeit CDs and probably slinging a bit of dope on the side).
They criticize the NRA for not standing up for his 2nd Amendment Rights but when I point out that the NRA has never supported the "right" of a convicted felon to illegally pack a gun, they say that it's just because the NRA is racist against blacks and that his criminal record shouldn't have mattered.
So in the liberal mind, you and I should not be able to own a gun at all, because "danger to everyone", but a career criminal who is and a child-rapist should be excused from having a gun because...well who really knows? He needed it to feel safe while breaking other laws, and his death, since the police were involved, washes away all of his wrongs and bad intent. He is a hero and deserved to have a gun. But you or I? Naw.
And of course they are totally in a tither now because protesters in Baton Rouge are being arrested now "just for peacefully demonstrating and making their opinions head, because "everyone should have a right to say what they feel", yet anyone who dares voice support for the police, question the narrative around Alton Sterling or that other mope in Minnesota, or even say "All lives matter" in response to their parroting of the phrase "Black lives matter" is branded a heretic and viciously attacked and shunned. Anyone who doesn't believe their claim that "America is a racist country" is, by their definition, a racist, and "Racists do not get free speech!"
Oh, and they also decry the fact that the "racist" GOP and "racist" NRA opposed attempts by the Democrats to bar anyone whose name appears on government watch lists from being able to buy a gun, but when you ask them what other constitutional rights should be taken away from people who are named by secret tribunals without so much as a public hearing or a chance to contest the decision or hear the evidence, they get all puzzled, like the concept just sailed right over their heads. And then they get angry that you asked them, "because you're just a racist".
And of course they all scream about politicians who are wealthy "one-percenters" and who took money from corporations, voted to bail out Wall Street, supported and took money from foreign leaders who oppress and kill gays, and voted for the Iraq war...but they still plan to vote for Hillary, who has done all of these things, because she's "the right choice". And they all love that Obamacare mandates a ton of freebies for any employee who works full-time, and at the same time they cry because they can't get anyone to hire them for more than part-time work. And they still want to see the government force businesses to pay everyone at least $15.00 an hour, yet they are supremely confident that their jobs (mostly unskilled service-industry jobs) will never be eliminated.
I swear, it's like I landed in a world populated and governed by perpetual six year-olds. Only these six year olds get to vote.