If you are a conservative willing to engage with a liberal progressive, you have probably had a conversation structured much like the following:
LP: I think we should pass a law to help the Fill In The Blank People.
C: I disagree for reasons A, B, C, and D.
LP, ignoring reasons A, B, C, and D: Why do you hate the Fill In The Blank People?
Some variation on this argument, if you can call it that, happens with such regularity that I am beginning to wonder if there is any point in discussion or debate with people who ignore your reasoning and instead focus on imagined psychological or character flaws that lead to your mean spirited point of view. Members of the political left tend to see themselves as such thoroughly decent people, yet many are able to subscribe the most vile of motives to others with no evidence whatsoever. Is there anything at all decent about such behavior?