Sadly, these extremists seem to come from one side of the debate. They've sent people like me hateful e-mails, even threats. These are not people interested in learning or discussing -- they are like religious zealots. It is ironic that these zealots are often aligned with "progressive" politics. They find standing on Daily Kos, Huffington Post, and other forums.
Let's get this straight, the political community generally associated with faith in government, research, and education has no faith in government, research, or universities when it comes to health issues -- but they also want nationalized health care. Consistency is definitely the hobgoblin in this line of thought.
It reminds me of the colleague who regularly attacked Christians for their "silly faith" (I'm not Christian, so I guess it was assumed I would agree?) but she had crystals and dreamcatchers above her desk to protect her health. And this woman had a doctorate, demonstrating education and commonsense do not go hand in hand. She was also one who kept telling me I should seek out alternatives to the university medical clinic and its corporate shills.
And yes, I know getting political isn't wise, but there's a real problem here with the contradictions. They bother me, a lot. Of course, these same people will say it isn't the government but the corporate powers they distrust. That explains the crystals and dreamcatchers. Sure.