As such, anything complimentary (or in a growing case anything short of pure insult) about someone who has failings or positions we disagree with is taken not only as a full admiration for the individual but an explicit statement of complete agreement with everything they said.
Agreed, and it’s even worse than that. Look at how Trump was accused of being “pro-Klan” because some Klan leader endorsed him. The candidate has no control over who “endorses” him; anyone with any sort of public following, even a racist leader or a communist leader, can endorse whoever they wish. This was not just a lack of logic, it was an acceptance of illogic.
Anyone paying attention has seen the destruction “Zero Tolerance” policies have created. Sadly, few even recognize the progressive group is using the same mechanism against dissenters. It would be excellent if we could recognize this garbage methodology for what it is and expel it before it consumes the body politic further.
History. Who believes they are standing up against the fascists? The progressive left. What group is using more fascist techniques today than any other? The progressive left. :-)