You have described U.S. society today so accurately. People have per-conceived ideas, like "I am a liberal" with no philosophy or reasoning behind the thought. And they don't want to discuss any issues. I see it all the time at gatherings and parties, even with my girlfriend, who I'm sure is a liberal from Long Island but doesn't watch any news and knows nothing of the current U.S. fiscal situation. These people just know what they "feel".