Progressives have too many issues to count; while conservatives have two: gays and abortion.
Someone whom I greatly respect said this to me the other day. I would add immigration and war to the list, but I pretty much agree.
I've been thinking about the way progressives think compared to conservatives. If you haven't read it, I recommend that you read George Lakoff's Don't Think of an Elephant! I read it a few years ago and as time goes by, it makes more and more sense.
I try so hard to embrace all perspectives and to acknowledge people's values. I don't ask that people accept homosexuality into their value system, that they embrace abortion, or sex before marriage. But I do ask for tolerance and the acceptance that others are going to have values that are different than someone else's. What I have found is that tolerance and the acceptance of alternative perspectives and values is not an option with conservatives. Basically, they want to impose their values on everyone else. It's the patriarchal system that Lakoff talks about.
I want to be inclusive and recognize their values but then they will not recognize mine. It is so draining. Some days I wish I could stop being such a "wanting to hear all sides liberal" and just staunchly support my side. But my side is inclusivity and the Escheresque image moves deeper and deeper...