A recent paper in Public Opinion Quarterly — America's third most popular political science journal! — concludes that "both Republicans and Democrats increasingly dislike, even loathe, their opponents."
Especially striking is the finding that parents are increasingly opposed to inter-partisan marriage…
A pair of surveys asked Americans a more concrete question: in 1960, whether they would be "displeased" if their child married someone outside their political party, and, in 2010, would be "upset" if their child married someone of the other party. In 1960, about 5 percent of Americans expressed a negative reaction to party intermarriage; in 2010, about 40 percent did (Republicans about 50 percent, Democrats about 30 percent).
On the bright side, this represents a vast improvement over the time parents looked askance at inter-faith or inter-racial couplings — our Guess Who's Coming to Dinner remakes are becoming increasingly boring.
On the other hand, there's a chance your son or daughter could be experimenting with inter-partisan dating RIGHT NOW. Can you even fathom what this means? Yes, blatantly racist concerns about "miscegenation" have long been debunked by science, logic and lived experience, but the consequences of bipartisan wedlock are nothing to sneeze at.
Imagine the mongrel child that's produced when you combine the entitlement of a conservative Republican with the sneering social elitism of a liberal Democrat. Your grandchild is going to be Thomas Friedman.
Don't let this happen, America. Confront your Democratic daughter about the Ayn Rand book she's hiding beneath the bed. Beware of the cute girl pulling to your Republican son's driveway in a Volvo. Pay attention to the warning signs and we might just be able to live side by side without producing a generation of David Brookses.
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