There are two characteristics of today’s ultra-conservatives that continue to amaze me. One is that they are gullible for rumors that support their own positions while being totally insensitive to facts that are contrary. They say, for example, that Clinton favors totally open borders and the abolition of the 2nd Amendment. And, to give another example, they claim that America has just given Iran $150 billion dollars. There is nothing in the real world that justifies such ridiculous, counter-factual claims but that doesn’t seem to matter.
The second quality that fascinates me is that they seem so shortsighted that they cannot even ask questions about long-term consequences to their positions. For example, I’ve never heard a conservative ask, What would our relations with Mexico be like if we built a wall and made the Mexico pay for it? Nor have I heard any ask, What are the consequences of trump expressing doubt about defending allies or favoring Putin? They don’t ask, Why would a foreign nation show respect for American leaders when one of our two major parties has been so blindly and irrationally disrespectful of him from the very fist day?
Conservatives are too busy looking backward — trying to return us to pre-Civil War days — that they cannot even think a month or two in the future.