March 15, 2013 by Julia
Seriously, maybe you would convince more people to change their minds about sensitive issues if you didn’t attack and criticize them for doing so.
Liberal: “Hey, you’re wrong about gay marriage!”
Conservative: “Hmm, now that I have spoken to my gay son and spent time considering what he has to say, I must conclude that you are correct.”
Liberal: “WTF, asshole, you have disagreed with us in the past, so how dare you agree with us now that you know you are related to a gay person?!”
Brilliant strategy, leftists. See how well that works out for you. Seriously, I understand the sides both as Ann Althouse and her commenters who disagree with her have stated them. It’s shady to change your deeply-held convictions just for your family members’ convenience, but it’s also legit to change your mind after having serious conversations with people. I don’t take a position, mainly because I have no interest in discussing the substance of gay marriage, only the manner in which other people approach the issue. But, I get both sides of this particular sub-question, as set forth by intelligent adults like Althouse and her readers. My point here is that, just perhaps, the best way to convince people to change their minds is not to attack the people who do change their minds. You know what that does? Discourages mind-changing. Duh.
(I thought about creating a “Liberals Behaving Badly” Category, but I think that would be almost every post on this blog)