Over the years, I’ve heard many conservative-leaning Americans make the charge that we progressives are all about “feelings.” We’re “bleeding hearts” who “don’t use common sense” and “make decisions based on emotion, rather than thought.”
My response to that is: Yes, feelings are part of our considerations, though facts weigh in pretty heavily, as well. But what conservatives refuse to acknowledge is their feelings also drive their decision making. Maybe even more so than progressives. Don’t believe me? Check it out:
• Gay people make you feel icky.
• Transgender people make you afraid.
• Black and brown Americans make you afraid, as well. They also make you feel superior to them, as long as they know their place. And when they don’t, they make you feel angry … maybe even violent.
• Women, you feel, should be at home having babies.
• Muslims make you feel hatred.
• Guns make you feel safe.
• Your churches, you feel, should be worshiped by everyone, and if not worshiped, at least treated with a deference many of us don’t feel they deserve.
• Science makes you feel threatened.
• Individuality and innovation make you feel skeptical and wary.
• Mexico makes you feel so terrified and hostile that you’re ready to spend millions of dollars to cower behind a wall.
• You feel this is the greatest country in the world, but don’t feel like contributing the tax dollars to take care of our veterans and support our schools.
• It makes you feel good to make those who aren’t like you feel bad.
So progressives, the next time you’re charged with being a “feeler and not a thinker” (wait, isn’t that Roy Moore?) you can feel confident that the person making that charge probably feels pretty small.