Only bad witches are ugly.
- Aug 3, 2016
This is very true.
I think there's two basic types of people in the troll group, and that dichotomy is a big part of the reason for the troll's remorse cases and extremist divides: one is the general skeptic type who is attracted to trolling because they think it's fun and good to just shit on the status quo people who feel safe in believing they're always right. This, I would argue, is the more sensible type of person. The second type is the one who is that type to believe their politics are always correct and above questioning - a lot of these came in during that early period you describe where right-wing christian fundamentalism was all over the place; these trolls hated those people but mistakenly thought the winds would never change. The differences were always there, but just sat under the radar because of our priorities at the time.
So the first type and the second type initially got along fine, because both sides were likely to say something like, say, gay marriage should be legal because who gives a shit what people do privately. But the split came when the second type had to latch on to crazy crap like giving troon drugs to children and punching conservatives because they always believed that extremism isn't bad itself, it's just that no one else should be allowed to be extreme - and the first type kept saying "wait a minute, extremist bullshit is bad no matter who is saying it and we're all susceptible", so when their mutual enemy in radical conservatives became less relevant, a split formed. In other words: one side had sense and perspective, and kept true to their stated belief that not lording morality over people was desirable, while the other is a group of self-serving frauds who want the power that comes from perceived moral superiority and will behave in very immoral ways to get it.
What's more and really contributing to just how stark the new divide is is that this is the first time in a really long time that the liberals have been more insane than the conservatives. Going back by decade, the 2000's had the crazy aggressive neocons and the post-9/11 uptake in security and the unpopular Middle Eastern wars. In the '90's, Bill Clinton was a lot more moderate a president than I think a lot of Hill-Dog supporters realize. He cut back welfare and he didn't legalize gay marriage. The far left was kinda quiet at the time and the far right, since there always have been and always will be crazy religious nuts, were the lolcow-ish ones. The White House of the '80's was entirely run by Republicans (Reagan then Bush), and of course it's always fun to make fun of the party who's in charge. The early part of the '70's had the unpopular Nixon in office and the rest of the decade was in the shadow of Watergate, and then the '60's were, well, the '60's. The last time it's been really in vogue to not like the left was the '50's, better dead than red and all that. That was most of these SJWs's grandparents's generation. They never thought the winds would change against them because for the longest time, it hasn't.
I also think that the general skeptic types (your first type) tend to criticize whatever party is most violent/warmongering, and for a long time now that's been conservatives (Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan). Now liberals are crying for white/male/het/cis blood.