Brian, you’re just not getting it. I’m talking about the pure emotional end of issues, not what each professes to believe. It is a Saw to Paul thing, or in modern terms an Ariannia Huffington thing. When Huffington was happily married to a conservative Republican pol she was a conservative commentator. When her marriage went south she completely flipped and became a liberal commentator, though she did manage to hang on to a few of her old conservative pals. In other words neither the extreme left nor the extreme right can be persuaded to change sides, but they can be wholly converted under the right conditions as long as their psych needs are meet.

The true opposite of the extreme left and right is not each other, it is the moderate center. Again I’m not taking about superficial professed ideology.

Just please get a copy of Eric Hoffer’s LITTLE gem of a book, The True Believe, and you will see my point. You will absolutely love his insights. It dives below ideological belief systems.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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