Based on my keen observation of the obvious, it seems clear that, on a very basic level, many politically moderate Liberal persons fundamentally do not understand how politically radical Leftists persons think and act, and vice versa. So, as a public service, allow this tiny blog in the middle of Middle America to be your bridge to a greater understanding.
For politically moderate Liberals, the complexities of the world are ... complex and costly. Providing health care for everyone while not bankrupting the country is a complex problem. Operating a humane border with Mexico that serves both countries interests is a complex issue. Making sure college is affordable to anyone who wants to attend is a complex issue. Amending to constitution, whether to guarantee a woman's reproductive rights or to drastically curtail the power that wealthy donors and dark money have over our politics, is a fraught and hugely complex undertaking.
Each of these are laudable goals, but each come with a very high degree of difficulty given the deliberately hobbling setup of our constitutional democracy, and the inevitable lockstep and well-funded opposition each of these noble projects would face from the Republican party and the mainstream media.
For the radical, the complexities of the world are radically simplified. Whatever the problem, the revolution will solve it, which is why the revolution is the all-important goal, and why all conditions and circumstances are seen within the revolutionary context. That which advances the revolution is to be nourished. That which stands in the way of the revolution must be converted or destroyed.
Moderate Liberal persons see suffering and calamity and work to alleviate it by whatever means are available. Usually those solutions are frustratingly flawed and imperfect, but they act anyway because doing something is better than doing nothing.
For politically radical Leftists persons the exact opposite is true. Suffering or calamity are real and tragic, but their importance is inextricably tied to how they serve to bring about revolution. Which means that, for the committed revolutionary, the moderate/good will always be the enemy of the revolutionary/perfect.
You see, for the revolution to work, it must be the answer to all questions, which means that any compromise or half-measure that falls short of revolution is not just a failure, but the rankest betrayal. Positively counterrevolutionary. Because any improvement in circumstances or alleviation of suffering short of revolution saps the revolution of its energy by showing the masses that things can get somewhat better without resorting to burning the system completely to the ground.
Therefor those who advocate compromise must be destroyed.
And this is where politically moderate Liberal persons get very confused. Because they cannot understand why politically radical Leftists are so contemptuous of them when everyone agrees on the goal of the alleviation of human suffering and improving people's circumstances. Why such loathing when we just disagree on the means to those ends?
And the answer is, that moderates and radicals do not agree on the goals. The goal of the moderate is to alleviate human suffering and improve people's circumstances, and the moderate's means to those ends are various policy proposals they would like to see debated, enacted and funded though the frustrating, boring, contentious political process.
The radical's goal, on the other hand, is a revolution which would sweep away that frustrating, boring, contentious political process because it is that system which is the root cause of all injustice and suffering which both groups claim to care about. Moderates wish to patch up the rattletrap American political system so it can enact the policies they believe are critically important to the life of the nation. Radicals cannot settle for anything less than overthrowing that system in its entirety and replacing it with ... something.
Which is where things get always get hazy.
Because where a moderate will acknowledge the specific structural impediments that they need to overcome (example: the filibuster and/or the lack of a solid supermajority in the Senate) and quantifiable outcomes that are required to overcome them (getting rid of the filibuster and pouring resources into down-ballot races in Democratic-flippable states), radicals speak of The Revolution in quasi-mystical terms. Somewhat akin to a Catholic trying to explain the Holy Spirit. The Revolution will manifest itself as ineffable force which shall be loosed upon the land and before its irresistible power, no obstacle can stand.
Or whatever. As I said, details are hazy.
Finally, like any other form of fundamentalism, the radical worldview is reduced to a simple, all-inclusive Manichean struggle between the Saved and the Damned, which dooms any debate over any issue from the start. Since the only acceptable solution to all problems -- the only path to salvation -- is revolution, if you are down with the revolution, you are Saved. And once in a state of revolutionary grace, it not only doesn't really matter that Trump won in 2016 (or that the Both Parties Are Equally Damned ethos of the revolution may have helped him get elected) but Trump winning re-election might actually be a good thing because it heightens the contradictions! Because all suffering and catastrophe are grist for the revolutionary mill.
Contrariwise, if you are not down with the revolution -- if you are willing to accept imperfect half-measures rather than accept that a rising tide of misery and Republican fascism provide the necessary rocket fuel that will bring about the revolution -- you are Damned. Worse than Republicans, really, because while they're just racist brutes acting on instinct, you know better. You pretend to care about human suffering and you have been bathed in the light of glorious revolution but have walked away from it. And since you refuse to embrace the only true path to salvation, for some dark reason you must secretly really want people to die for lack of health care.
OMFG, you're the worst!
And as the worst, you deserve to be slagged and berated on social media.
Because you're not being bullied, you ignorant corporate establishment stooge.
You're being Truth-Bombed, for your own good and as a lesson to others.
You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan...
Well, you know
We'd all love to see the plan...