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  1. #1 Does politics inform your friendships or your judgments of people? 
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    What I mean is...
    Do you let politics get in the way of befriending someone who thinks differently from you? For example, for the many conservatives here, do you have any friends who are liberal? Likewise for the libs here, vice versa. I don't know how to better phrase the question. How about significant others? Does anyone here date or are married to or dated a person whose political ideology differed from yours?

    Also, do you let politics inform your judgment of that person's character or morals?

    Myself, I have friends on both the conservative and liberal side of life. I tend to like talking to conservatives, especially social conservatives because our differences in ideology make for interesting conversation. I find other liberals a bit too whiney for my tastes though I do have friends that are liberals. I even dated a girl who turned out to be a hard core socialist, but when I dated her I wasn't really interested in politics. Extremely bright girl, but stupid politically; I also dated a conservative or at least a Republican--she was a big Palin fan. Politics didn't get in the way of our relationship though.
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    Not me, some of my best friends are liberals or as I tell them "Politically Stupid".

    The thing is, friends are just that... freinds. Friends can have polical discussions and ideas that are counter to each other.

    Most people that I know that do allow pollitical differences to get in the way are "tolerant" LIBERALS.

    I have had a friend for quite a few years, she saw that I became a fan of Marsh Blackburn (R) on Facebook, she responded "OMG SHE IS AN IDIOT" and removed me as her friend. I haven't heard from her since. I was well aware of her political views all along, she is as anti was Lesbian who HATED President Bush, I remained her friend.

    Some of our co-workers asked her "JUST WHAT ABOUT HIM DOES NOT SCREAM CONSERVATIVE"?

    She has removed them too.
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    When I married Mr. Snaps he was enamored of the hippy days and his brother was an extremely left-of-center guy. That BIL spent a lot time talking to Mr. Snaps about corporations, the VRWC, war, inner city poverty (although he hadn't actually been in an inner city), etc.

    I pretty much ignored all that. Having been rural poor, I knew exactly which values worked to change grinding poverty. Luckily, Mr. Snaps understood that too although he clung (for a while) to his brother's pop culture ideology.

    I tend to dance with left-of-center relatives and friends. Since I value them for something beyond their politics, I'm willing to avoid discussions that would distress them (and amuse me).

    The Edwardians had it right: don't discuss sex, politics, or religion in "mixed" company. ;)
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    Yes, very much so.
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    I have a few liberal friends and some liberal family members. I don't bring up politics with them. But you can bet your ass that they try to take a shot at conservatives or republicans every chance they get. Of course logic and fact trump their ridiculousness every time, but they continue to try to argue by repeating talking points.


    I don't have a problem being friends with a liberal, it's liberals that have a problem being friends with a conservative. That whole tolerance thing and all.
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    I think ANYONE that would align themselves with the democrat party as it is today is a total loon. I find that kind of mentality to be a total character flaw that I can't get past.
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    I have friends of both philosophies. We get along great. We get into debates and usually agree to disagree. Only DU liberals end friendships over petty stuff like politics.
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    When it comes to friends in my life, I do not discuss politicts or religion with them at all. I've lost too many good friends due to arguments about those two subjects. In fact I don't have any idea what my close friend's political or religious leanings are and I'm keeping it that way. We have too many other things to talk about that we all enjoy...no sense bringing something up that could form a permanent rift between us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kay View Post
    I think ANYONE that would align themselves with the democrat party as it is today is a total loon. I find that kind of mentality to be a total character flaw that I can't get past.
    My sentiments exactly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    The Edwardians had it right: don't discuss sex, politics, or religion in "mixed" company. ;)
    It's the only way that we manage to have civil family gatherings.
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