8. I think we spent far too much time trying to talk to brick walls
When Obama was first elected, we all saw the exponential rise of outward racism on RW talk radio. Once the Tea Party idiots showed up on the scene, they just poured more gas on their racist fires.
Liberals, on the other hand, really tried for at least three years to talk to their RW family and friends and find some kind of common ground. I think we were trying to "understand" them when the truth of the matter was that they were happy being assholes who just know they're right about everything.
I've noticed that over the past two years, liberal talk show hosts who used to believe in trying to talk to these blockheads finally gave up and realized that you have to just write them off since they ignore reality and are much more happy being part of the problem rather than helping solve anything.
But you are right about them batting away any friendly hand and how sad is that? The animosity and division that was sown in the W years has come to full fruition. Thankfully, it looks like these people are becoming increasingly marginalized. They have nothing of any value to add to the conversation, so if you can ignore them, I'd would do so.