One of the interesting differences between the two groups of people in the American political system who spend lots of time talking about each other and very little time listening to each other is that the "conservative" ones usually want to make their audience angry and the "liberal" ones usually want to make their audiences laugh.
The "liberal" ones have a really easy job, because the "conservative" ones are so into making their core audience angry that they don't even care about making sense to anybody else. If they speak to the other side at all, it's only to pick fights.
One of the crazier statements to come from the "conservative" side is that various Americans hate America.
This group of people which claims this, they've kind of always had a weird denial that their interests are specifically their interests. It's kind of like how Christian fundamentalists angrily protest that teaching evolution threatens their society. They never actually do it accurately. They always say that teaching evolution threatens all American society, as if their religious beliefs - and indeed, their seriousness about religion in the first place - were a universal American thing. Teaching evolution is no threat at all to American society, but it really is a very serious threat to their particular sub-culture.
I think the idea that their sub-culture is a sub-culture would offend them tremendously, but I can't figure out why. It seems pretty obvious, just in terms of sheer numbers. I've also never been able to figure out whether this was a malicious denial or merely a foolish one. Are they actively opposed to acknowledging other Americans are also American, or do they just really not know?
Either way, the key to understanding the "XYZ hates America" madness is that it's never meant for XYZ to hear. These people aren't interested in communicating with XYZ. What they're doing is saying to their core audience, "XYZ is an enemy. Don't pay attention to anything they say." It isn't about making sense. It's about spreading panic and fear, and drawing a line in the sand. This is why the "liberal" commentators like to be funny. Laughter dismantles panic and fear.
As far as I can tell, the biggest point of argument between "liberals" and "conservatives" in American politics is whether to laugh or fight.
I would say that the "liberals" win absolutely, except for the fact that the "liberals" never seem like they want to make the "conservatives" laugh too. And that really makes the entire thing massively dysfunctional. There is no voice of reason; there's just insane paranoia and dismissive laughter.
I think the "conservatives" are wrong about everything, except that we should take this division seriously.