If you’re a lifelong Republican voter, ask yourself the following question: how many liberal friends do you have? Do political differences affect this relationship? Are you able to have conversations with these people about the news of the day without things getting tense?
Not long ago, it would be silly to assume that you couldn’t be friends with someone because they vote differently than you do. In fact, being able to put aside such differences has almost always been considered a hallmark of maturity and tolerance. Unfortunately, with the culture as divided as it is, it’s becoming normal for Americans to become more atomized and tribal.
This is dangerous for several reasons. The first one is obvious: if Americans with different politics don’t communicate with each other, maintaining a republic is essentially impossible. But the real danger is the breakdown in our sense of community. How can you possibly live among people that you believe are out to get you?
New research is showing that this is basically have progressive Americans feel today. They have bought into the mainstream media’s anti-conservative message with such vigor, that they are showing symptoms of actual mental disorders.
Here’s Tim Pool with the numbers.