It used to be that opposing hockey team supporters could have a conversation that started something like this:
SENATORS FAN: I bet you $10 the Sens beat the Leafs tonight.But now it's:
LEAFS FAN: Are you kidding? Once Tucker gets under Alphie’s skin it’s game over.
SENATORS FAN: I bet...Where’s the fun in that? Everyone’s pissed off in about 3 seconds and sulking in their respective corners.
LEAFS FAN: You‘re a moron.
There was also a time when people could have, and express, opposing political views without being subject to personal abuse. For example:
LIBERAL: As a liberal, I have to grudgingly admit that Harper has done some good things in power.Has now become:
CONSERVATIVE: Wait ‘til you see what he does with a majority!
LIBERAL: As a Liberal...If the weather wasn’t Canadians’ number one topic of conversation before, it is now as there is no safe place to take a conversation anymore without being personally attacked. And it’s not just between casual acquaintances this conversation-abbreviatus is occurring; it has even crept into the bedrooms of the nation:
CONSERVATIVE: You’re a moron.
HIM: Honey, you still awake?I tell you, I don’t like where this is going.
HER: No. Go to sleep.