Intolerant religion is the adult version of Santa Claus.
Ava Hummingbird Singer
What Movement Conservatism had going for it, above all else, was that it offered a clear, simple, positive solution to the terrible tangles of the 1960’s and 1970’s. In those decades, America floundered through the Vietnam War, soaring inflation, social unrest, Watergate, and the Iran hostage crisis. These were complicated issues all ... but Movement Conservatives explained them in black and white terms that made it easy to tell which side a good American should take ... That their rhetoric did not address reality mattered less than that it seemed to offer a comforting route to bring back the prosperity and security voters associated with an idyllic American past. (p.273-4)
Helping their cause was that they were so convinced they were right they refused to budge on anything. As they held fast, they forced the rest of America to leave the middle of the political spectrum and move toward them. (p.273-4)