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  1. #1 I can not have a friend who is a Republican.. 
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    There's that liberal "tolerance" again.

    Star Member busterbrown (2,271 posts)

    I can not have a friend who is a Republican..
    There are just too many issues which lives depend on, for me to ignore in a relationship..

    Iím curious if any of you feel different?
    Somewhat surprisingly and different from other threads like this in the past a quite a few said that they do have Republican friends and did push back against the conservatives are evil meme.

    Star Member cherokeeprogressive (16,407 posts)
    3. I don't ask my acquaintences what their political affiliations are.

    Not even those people I've known for all my life.

    Politics doesn't rule my life. I don't eat, breathe, eat, sleep, or think it.

    I'll go through my WHOLE day tomorrow, INCLUDING my attendance at a SAME SEX MARRIAGE, without asking a single person what their day-to-day political outlook might be.

    Does politics rule your life so much that you could see yourself shutting out of your life some person you'd just met who just might be your "soul mate" based on what you know about their POLITICS?

    Shallow.
    Orrex (37,951 posts)
    7. That's, well, one way to look at it

    If you choose to think of it as simply a matter of rejecting/accepting someone because of a self-applied label, then I guess it does seem rather shallow.

    But if you accept that one's political views are often indicative of a broader personality, in terms of empathy, compassion, responsibility, etc., then it's not unreasonable to let that person's political views inform your opinion of them. In that sense it's no more shallow than saying "gee, she just kicked a puppy. I might not like her personality after all."
    Common Sense Party (13,360 posts)
    9. I know many, MANY conservatives and Republicans who are impressive examples of empathy,

    compassion, responsibility, etc. There are good people, and bad people, PERIOD. You will find both types in every political party, every social club, every company, every religion (or lack thereof). No one group has a monopoly on kindness.
    Orrex (37,951 posts)
    12. One's political views aren't the be-all and end-all, sure.

    But in my experience a Conservative is more likely than a Liberal to hold basic and important values in direct contrast with mine. I don't reject friendship with them because they're Conservative, but I find it difficult to become friends with someone when our values are so incompatible.
    Star Member yuiyoshida (225 posts)
    5. One of my best friends is

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    A Republican. We made a pact to never ever talk Politics and Religion. So we get along great, but we both know if we ever strayed into that territory, we would probably end up hating each others guts, and our friendship is too strong to go in that direction.
    Star Member busterbrown (2,271 posts)
    10. I donít get it..

    She needs to know what you believe in. The welfare of all human beings starting with a single payer healthcare system.. If you canít help her to look differently at the matter, then she should lose you as a friend.
    Star Member yuiyoshida (225 posts)
    13. No...we been friends for years...

    I don't tell her how to vote, and she Does not tell me what God to pray to. (I am Buddhist.) I like her and she is very nice. We have helped each other on occasions. She is not a tea bagger, for if she was, She would probably be a racist as well. And, looking at my face, She's knows I am Not Caucasian.
    LumosMaxima (176 posts)
    6. I can't be friends with people who don't share my basic values.

    So yeah, that pretty much leaves Republicans out.
    Common Sense Party (13,360 posts)
    11. Could you ever maintain a close relationship with a child who becomes a Republican?
    Star Member busterbrown (2,271 posts)
    18. Absolutely not!!

    As Michael Corleone said... ďyour nothing to meĒ

    You vote against kindness and love for humanity.. And you probably hate Obama.

    I donít know any republicans who deep down does not feels disdain towards Obama..I mean hate..
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    70. In which case, you have a moral obligation not to have children, I fear. N.T.
    Star Member busterbrown (2,271 posts)
    79. If a child of mine turns out to be one who has no compassion or empathy. And simply does not

    care about the ill or poor in this country....At the same times surrounds himself with all his lavish toys... Then although I will still care about him. I could not give him the time of day.
    Star Member busterbrown (2,271 posts)
    25. Well, itís a free country.

    I donít know how you can remain friends with people who donít give a shit about people who have no health Insurance and are suffering horrible consequences..
    Star Member busterbrown (2,271 posts)
    31. Most of them are..

    Most Republicans are racists.. Feel blacks and minorities are ruining our country and democrats are like drug dealers to them...Anyone who doesnít completely understand the horrors of our healthcare system shows little empathy or compassion..I canít be friends with them..
    FUMCSDLCBDPOS (28 posts)
    50. Agree 100% sure I know Pubs many through work but I only interact with them for work purposes only

    and many times I refuse to speak to them because they are just so disgusting that it is easier to just send an email 5 feet then speak to them over the cube wall.

    Unlike Will Rogers I have met plenty of men I did not like and they are ALL Republicans.

    These sick fucks cheered when the SNAP Program was cut and they all think that the ACA is nothing but socialism that will destroy their health care access.

    I am to the point now that I say give the stupid fucks what they want so the rest of us can move forward. I say make 2 simple changes to the ACA a permanent opt out option where anyone 18 years or older can opt out. Once one opts out the insurance companies can then deny you coverage for the rest of your life. One can also never opt back in either. The second change, Hospital's, Doctors, Clinics, etc do not have to treat anyone without health insurance, if you don't have health insurance or CASH, sorry Charlie.
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    I saw this one too and was surprised by some of the replies...
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    Feel blacks and minorities are ruining our country and democrats are like drug dealers to them...Anyone who doesnít completely understand the horrors of our healthcare system shows little empathy or compassion..I canít be friends with them..
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    You don't have to mix politics with your friendships, it's simply their actions and behaviors do not sync with mine. I like to associate with friends of sound mind. All my close friends are conservatives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobJohnson View Post
    You don't have to mix politics with your friendships, it's simply their actions and behaviors do not sync with mine. I like to associate with friends of sound mind. All my close friends are conservatives.
    I've had good friends who are liberal, but eventually it becomes difficult to remain close, because even if they don't reject a conservative friend, someone in their circle of friends will. Years ago, I was at a liberal friend's birthday party (this was 2004, during the run up to the election) when one of the guests raised his glass and proposed a toast "to Bush's last year in office." I raised mine and said, "to 2008!" He'd assumed a roomful of liberals and was angry at the lack of unanimity. Our host was angry that politics had been raised, so naturally, I stopped getting invited to their parties. When I pointed out to her husband that I hadn't been the one who raised the subject, he explained that it wasn't an issue until I spoke up. In their world, trashing Bush wasn't arguing politics, but rebutting the trash talk was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarasotaRepub View Post
    I saw this one too and was surprised by some of the replies...
    Ditto. Most of us can separate politics and friendships.
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    I talk politics with my liberal friends and some of my conservative friends. My grandpa, who was a conservative, lived to argue politics with us. It kept his mind young and agile.

    If I have a conservative friend who gets going about politics to the point that it is inappropriate or insulting to me, I just don't talk about politics with him or her. I'm pretty sure I'm the only liberal in my Bible study group-we don't talk politics.
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    ...used to have a black lab pup that liked to eat his own... er... poop. I loved that dog and after a few swats of a rolled up newspaper he lost interest (or outgrew) the habit.

    Liberals are no different; we can get along fine but when their mouth is full of crap a good slap can help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Odysseus View Post
    I've had good friends who are liberal, but eventually it becomes difficult to remain close, because even if they don't reject a conservative friend, someone in their circle of friends will. Years ago, I was at a liberal friend's birthday party (this was 2004, during the run up to the election) when one of the guests raised his glass and proposed a toast "to Bush's last year in office." I raised mine and said, "to 2008!" He'd assumed a roomful of liberals and was angry at the lack of unanimity. Our host was angry that politics had been raised, so naturally, I stopped getting invited to their parties. When I pointed out to her husband that I hadn't been the one who raised the subject, he explained that it wasn't an issue until I spoke up. In their world, trashing Bush wasn't arguing politics, but rebutting the trash talk was.

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    Well said.

    I know people that call the ACA "Obamacare" and claim it should not be about politics. I remind them that simply calling it Obamacare makes it political.

    I already seen one facebook post tonight that said "F'ing cry baby Republicans, Obamacare passed get over it" in reference into the "government shutdown." Typical low information voter.

    If Obamacare is so great I would think the President and the First Lady would want to be the very first family to sign up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tea Party Patriot View Post
    ...used to have a black lab pup that liked to eat his own... er... poop. I loved that dog and after a few swats of a rolled up newspaper he lost interest (or outgrew) the habit.

    Liberals are no different; we can get along fine but when their mouth is full of crap a good slap can help.
    Not to nitpick but an easier approach would simply to feed him pineapple. It makes turds less palatable. Unfortunately, there isn't enough pineapple in the world to make liberalism less palatable to little lefties.
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