No, conservatives have the same potential
for being angry, abusive, shallow, prejudiced, and narrow minded as any liberal. The philosophical stance of conservatives, tends to be more dispassionate and unwilling to jump to conclusions in my opinion, but maybe not. In my experience, there is little difference between True Believers whether they be dedicated Marxists, or religious freaks convinced that God is wise enough to agree with them. Those tend to be folks who KNOW the truth, whatever that might be. They love conspiracies, they are convinced that the deck is stacked against them and that only their enlightened understanding will save the world from disaster and put it on the road to Utopia. Generally, folks who have reduced the world to black and white so long that they've forgotten color.
The assertion that "vicious" attacks on President-elect Obama in the last two days has been greater than the criticisms of President Bush over the past eight years is a pretty good example of True Believer thinking. It isn't rational and tends to be bombastic and overly simplified. We live in a complex world, and people aren't easily categorized. President Bush is just a human like you or I, probably no better or worse over all. He does have more power, that's for sure. He has been faced with extraordinary challenges, and some have certainly been beyond his powers to deal with. He's made mistakes, and many may not agree with his policies, but that doesn't necessarily make him an idiot, or an evil mastermind who contemplates overturning the Constitution and enslaving the world for the profit of a few plutocrats who already own everything.
President-elect Obama isn't an Al Queda mole, and I doubt that he really intends being best chums with Chavez, Kim Jong-Il, and the leaders of the Radical Islamic Movement. He asked to be President, and the American People have made it so. Now we must give him our unqualified support in the hope that he will be able to secure the nation from attack, restore confidence in the financial system, and make all of our lives better. I suspect that he'll try hard to do what he believes in, but I also believe that the world is a far more complex thing than his supporters generally believe it to be. If his policies fail, for instance, if there is a wave of successful terrorist attacks on our country and he wavers, I'll be more than disappointed. If his economic policies fail to generate new economic growth, and the nation sinks further into financial chaos, he will be criticized and many conservatives will be saying, "I told you so".
We all had high hopes for Jimmy Carter's administration, the last time I voted as a member of the Democratic Party. Our faith in the national leadership had suffered badly, first from LBJ's tragic mismanagement of Vietnam and then by Nixon's betrayal of our trust. It was time for an outsider, a plain man whose character and gentle disposition promised a "new" way of governing. Carter was everything he seemed, but still failed to govern effectively. His decency and patience were taken advantage of by our enemies, and instead of restoring respect for our country and institutions, the Radical Islamic Movement made its largest gains and our leadership remained frozen into an attitude of mumbling, "please, don't do that". Now the American Voters are again seeking leadership from an outsider who promises to take us to the "high ground" of governance. I hope he is more practical and is less willing to turn the other cheek than President Carter. We'll see.