The standards and morals and values and beliefs and narratives and heroes and villains may change. But the demand for absolute conformity and group think never does. Just ask Haley Barbour, whose political future is now in question because he failed to sing in harmony with the socially sanctioned melody of our conformist ideals. 21st Century America has its gods to be worshiped, its dogmas to be obeyed, its sacred memories to be cherished, and its values to be conformed to. Don't even think about being some radical whose own life history doesn't reflect the officially sanctioned tale of greatness and evil, or you'll be tossed in the fire where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And the ones doing the tossing? Oh, they're the ones who used to go on about questioning authority, challenging the status quo, rebelling against norms and values, and rejecting moral standards and accepted narratives. The difference is, now they have the power.
How a minority, reaching majority, seizing authority, hates a minority.