"Our society does not value reasoned, intellectual arguments anymore. We keep pulling out the nazi card, or comparing Obamacare to the end of days (see Bachmann). "Intellectual elite" has become an insult. And as far as those people are concerned, nothing says it better than former congressman Barney Frank, to someone who referred to Obamacare as a "nazi policy": "Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.""
I mostly agree with this. But, from some of your posts, it seems you've decided to go ahead and argue, somewhat belligerently, with the dining room table anyway.... :-)
I'm not sure I see the value in that, because the table ain't listening, and ain't gonna listen, regardless of how loud you argue. In my mind, by being reasonable and somewhat 'professional,' I know I still won't reach the truly closed minds (nor am I attempting to), but I might cause others who are listening on the side, who might be willing to think a bit more to a reasonable counter-view, think a bit more and do a bit more research beyond what they normally read.
It is, after all, the moderates who determine who wins national elections, not the fringe of either side. And moderates generally aren't swayed by belligerence, IMO. They're turned off by it.