My Great-Gran used to say, "If you want to get away with something, point your finger at your opponent and yell, 'LIER!' But you have to be the first to do that, or it won't count."
As the years have gone by, I realize that Great-Gran was probably right. There's a lot of finger-pointing today, and most of it is by those who want to defend a feeble position. It seems to work really well, too. When someone stands up and points out a problem, or a situation that isn't quite right, someone else will stand and start yelling. And once the labels have been cast, there is little hope of getting your point across.
It doesn't really matter what the subject is, either. It could be in politics, religion, the economy, gun laws, education, or whether or not your mama-cat should be spayed.
The thing is...this Nation is so divided that no one will give any credence to a valid argument. There is no debate, there is only finger-pointing and name-calling. There is no valid search for knowledge of the facts, only stonewalling and more yelling.
Great-Gran died several years ago, but two things remain...he was right about the finger-pointing, and I now wonder what Great-Gran got away with.