I wholly agree with your remarks here Caleb, the point that you must be placed on either side of two warring tribes or factions speaks to the stalled or lack of evolution in most. I refused to be baited into any nonsensical argument where one — and I won’t name names to give this person any attention stemming from a post I authored — is simply refusing to think rationally. People self-identify with and by calling out, denigrating, or subjugating their perceived enemies.
This tilting at windmills is a foregone conclusion at this point, yet they refuse to acknowledge that they are engaging in the very same thing that they are denying.
The phrase is sometimes used to describe confrontations where adversaries are incorrectly perceived, or courses of action that are based on misinterpreted or misapplied heroic, romantic, or idealistic justifications. It may also connote an importune, unfounded, and vain effort against adversaries real or imagined for a vain goal.
Attempts to outsmart me when in fact they are only outsmarting themselves is laughable because this is where the true conflict resides — a battle to fall in line and self-identify especially with the the tribe who only “appears” to be winning.
There are rational conservative ideas that I can get behind and the same can be said of liberal ones to, however for most people that sort of thought process can’t exist and its not unfortunate for me but is for them — closed minds don’t get fed.