From an interview with Charles Murray
As transcribed by Michael Greenspan:
I have four children who are really smart, who love their dad—they're not rebelling against me—who are hardworking and embody all the virtues, who would not think of voting for a Republican. And it's not that they're ideological Democrats. They think of Republicans as being gay-hating, abortion-hating religious fanatics.
This is especially interesting because it's exactly what a lot of my wife's high school students tell her: they could never be Republicans because Republicans are homophobic misogynists.
I'm skeptical. Are abortion and gay marriage much more important than national security, economic policy, health care, education, and other individual liberties? If Republicans energetically supported abortion on demand and gay marriage, does Mr. Murray really think his kids would be eager to become Republicans? Although I see no realistic prospect of testing this, I think they, and my wife's students, wouldn't. I further predict that they would decline to become Republicans because, they'd say, Republicans are racists. Even if they weren't racists, the bottom line, they'd say, is that they're mean and hate poor people.
I write as someone who has read a lot of the Left's fine ad hominem analysis. And I'm old, cranky, and nowhere near as optimistic as I used to be about the educability of some people.