Anybody who’s ever debated politics has, at one point or another, had to deal with some dunderhead pulling the Nazi card or the traitor card at some point — and at that point the debate’s over. They’ve just exposed themselves for the idiot that they are, unwilling to hear the other side. Is either side going to change any minds? Probably not — we’re pretty invested in our opinions and don’t take to kindly to anything that challenges notions we’ve developed. But does having a different opinion make the other person a traitor? Again, probably, and in the vast majority of cases, not.
It’s an old saying — opinions are like … well, you know the rest. Everyone’s got one ... and you, and you, and you, are not a traitor for having one that differs from mine. And you, and you, and you, are not a Nazi for having a different opinion from them. But neither am I.
The absolute beauty of this country is that we are all entitled to our opinions, entitled to say what we feel — even those who do pull the traitor or Nazi card. We hope the best, most well-reasoned ideas are the ones that make it to the top, take hold, and actually get acted upon.
You don’t have to tell me how horribly naïve that is. I know, but it doesn’t mean we can’t strive for it.