Words have meaning, they are imbued with it, but Western society certainly has been extremely lax in this in recent decades. In the 1980s there were liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats and this was not seen as oxymoronic, but rather just something that was. A person held an ideology and was a member of a political party, and these were
They are not prepared for civil political discourse; rather they are prepared for violence and intimidation. They came armed with melee weapons and shields, apparently 80% of them with semi-automatic rifles, and they at least used the first half of that in violence in an organized and premeditated manner. This was not far from their standard organization. Initiation rites often include a beating by current members to prepare them for conflict – by contrast, the initiation rites I saw in the Socialist Party USA tended to be the member stating they read and agreed to the statement of principles and then the membership voted to waive dues for economic hardship.