Blanket statements about any large assemblage of people are generally subject to disclaimers, unless the statements are so broad as to be inarguable. That being said, when the people in question have collected themselves into groups based on commonalities of interests or beliefs (e.g., as people do when associating themselves with political parties) it is worth looking at what those shared interests or beliefs actually are and what seems to underlie them.
Sometimes one finds a touchstone that can reveal a mysterious substance for what it truly is. For me, such a touchstone can be found in the writings of the Rev. James Henley Thornwell, D.D., AKA James Henry Thornwell (1812-1862). In his day (and to some up to this day), Rev. Thornwell was considered "the Greatest Divine of the South." Here is the greatest divine of the South in 1850, delivering a sermon entitled "The Rights and the Duties of Masters" on the occasion of a dedication of a church for slaves in Charleston, South Carolina. Bolding added by diarist.
"These are the mighty questions which are shaking thrones to their centres—upheaving the masses like an earthquake and rocking the solid pillars of this Union. The parties in this conflict are not merely abolitionists and slaveholders—they are atheists, socialists, communists, red republicans, jacobins, on the one side, and the friends of order and regulated freedom on the other. In one word, the world is the battle ground—Christianity and Atheism the combatants; and the progress of humanity the stake. One party seems to regard Society, with all its complicated interests, its divisions and sub-divisions, as the machinery of man—which, as it has been invented and arranged by his ingenuity and skill, may be taken to pieces, re-constructed, altered or repaired, as experience shall indicate defects or confusion in the original plan. The other party beholds in it the ordinance of God; and contemplates “this little scene of human life,” as placed in the middle of a scheme whose beginnings must be traced to the unfathomable depths of the past, and whose development and completion must be sought in the still more unfathomable depths of the future—a scheme, as Butler expresses it, “not fixed, but progressive—every way incomprehensible”—in which, consequently, irregularity is the confession of our ignorance—disorder the proof of our blindness, and with which it is as awful temerity to tamper as to sport with the name of God."If this starts to sound a bit familiar, look across the jump for him to make it even plainer, because a man like Rev. Thornwell is worth quoting more than once.