Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean characterized the contest between Democrats and Republicans as "a struggle of good and evil. And we're the good."
Last week at my local barbershop, the barber working at the chair next to mine, and his customer, discovered that I voted for George W. Bush. Shocked! Shocked! The customer stammered, "Why?"
Not particularly interested in a political discussion, I said something about keeping the country safe, opposition to big government, and support for low taxes.
"But how, how can you support somebody who pulled off 9/11?"
"Excuse me?" I asked.
"I believe 9/11 was an inside job."
"You mean Bush murdered 3,000 people on American soil?" I asked.
"He did it to get black people."
"Most of those killed in 9/11 were white," I said.
"They were in the way."
"Explain to me why people like Bush and Cheney run for public office in order to commit murder."
"Because that's what they do."
"For what reason? To get rich?" I asked. "They already were."
I then learned that somebody intentionally ruptured a levee in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina; that Bush simply serves as a puppet for others; and that "they" wish to "destroy" the little people in the middle class.
Finally, I sighed and simply asked, "How do you function day by day?"
"What do you mean?"
"How do you get up in the morning thinking that somebody in Washington, D.C., wants to murder you?"
I started to ask him where he places Bush on that thermometer, but I think I already knew. So I switched the conversation to the NFL playoffs.
Bottom line: Conservatives consider liberals well-intentioned, but misguided. Liberals consider conservatives not only wrong, but really, really bad people.