I’m back with a fresh new poll for ya.

These days, you’d be hard pressed to find a Democrat be good friends. After all, how could you be friends with someone that disagrees with you on everything?

Well, that’s not always, and perhaps shouldn’t be, the case (save for if you believe in world domination, raping, and pillaging).

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With that said, I asked the question “How likely are you to make friends with or be friends with someone that has opposite political views from you?” in my recent poll.

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50% responded likely to the question, which seems to be a good thing. However, a good chunk of respondents were college students in a pretty friendly college campus. Being in such an environment can shield one from what it’s like in the outside world.

Gone are the days when people didn’t lash out at those with differing opinions. Liberals and Conservatives used to get along. Take the example from my interview with Mr. Rice:

“There are 2 great examples from the 80s, you had Ronald Raegan who was a strong conservative, and Tip O’Neil, who was very liberal, and they would go out and have a whiskey together. They didn’t make things personal.”

I can understand how you may not want to be friends with someone on the other side of the political spectrum. If you personally see abortion as murder, you may not be too fond of someone that’s okay with that. If you support someone being trans and believe it’s perfectly acceptable, you may not be too fond of someone that thinks otherwise.

With that said, one thing we often forget is perspective. There are so many variables, perspectives, experiences that determine one’s views that it’s impossible for everyone to think or see something the same. Yes, views can change as learning increases, and some views are just plain wrong, but we won’t get there with harsh criticisms an accusations. This doesn’t mean we tiptoe around every word and PC everything, though.

From a very insightful article on The Atlantic:

“If we are truly a democracy—if voters get to size up candidates for a public office and choose the one they want—why don’t the elections seem to change anything? Because we elect our leaders, and they then govern, in a system that makes cooperation almost impossible and incivility nearly inevitable, a system in which the campaign season never ends and the struggle for party advantage trumps all other considerations.”

We’ll wrap this up in the next post with my next poll.

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