I have always branded liberals as being closed minded and unable to see rational thought mainly because if they were ever engaged in conversation and after all their irrational views were dashed on the floor they would come back with classic lines like, "you just don't care if children starve" or "we all need to get along" (translate, why don't you cave in to me) or they simply resort to name calling.
This has always puzzled me because usually people want to argue their point in hopes they can persuade someone to change their view a little but it hit home to me this morning as I was watching some early morning news clips from yesterday. On one hand you have the Speaker of the House saying, "we are willing to talk and try and resolve this issue" and "we have passed bills which will get the government working again" and on the other hand you have the leader of the liberal side saying "I will not talk or negotiate until you meet all my demands" which in itself is absurd and further proves my theory, it's like one football team telling another we will only play you if you concede victory to us first.
So there you have it in a nutshell, the difference between liberal mentality and rational thought. This should remove any and all doubt about who is closed minded and who is not.