Just because you're beligerent doesn't mean that you're right!
I often find myself in amazingly one-sided discussions with supporters of the current administration and it's undeniably socialist ideology where he subject of the conversation is deftly turned from an honest attempt at comparison of value systems and the historical record to one of defending myself or others against allegations of dark personal motivations. It would seem that Saul Alinsky's instructions for demonizing your opponent have become the rule of the day for political discourse. Sadly, demonization seems to work far more effectively in our sound-bite driven 24-hour-news culture. I have made a personal commitment to start fighting this trend towards thoughtlessness and will keep you posted as to my progress as time allows.
Of course, I invite those of you who find or develop more effective methods of defeating these bullying tactics to share them here so that we can benefit from your experience. It is quite clear to me that our opposition to these "neo-bolcheviks" will come at a high cost. They already control virtually all the levers of power, including the courts, the educational system, and most importantly, the enforcement arm of the Internal Revenue System. Anybody remember the guy who asked a question the Clintons didn't like who found himself being aggressively audited by the IRS? Whatever happened to separation of powers?
It is instructive to remember that the word "Bolchevik" was a self-adopted term ("maximalist")meaning "the majority" even though they were originally a tiny, marginalized minority. They, like their later counterparts Germany (the Brownshirts) bullied people without any sense of remorse whatsoever. The signs are very clear: unless we develop methods for wresting control of the public discourse away from the monopolistic left and soon, we may be in very serious trouble in this country.