Monday, February 19, 2018

a thorny time


I have some questions. If you are willing to give me the answers, I'd much appreciate it. These are not questions with a right or wrong answer since it'd be your answer, which has to be right for you.
Do you let what is going on politically in the country ruin your daily life?
When you comment somewhere on a political or cultural issues is it your honest opinion or do you just like to argue?
Are you firmly in one partisan box or the other-- i.e. totally agree with one political party?
When someone disagrees with you, do you consider them to be stupid, ignorant (they aren't the same thing), bad, or evil?

It seems like right now there is so much divisiveness that issues never get discussed. Instead of talking about real ideas for immigration or even hot button topics like abortion, everything descends into personal attacks. Is it possible to have real discussions or is this one of those times in history, and the country has certainly had them before, where you are a bad or good guy. It's black or it's white and never the twain can compromise as compromise itself is evil.


 

7 comments:

Wally Blue said...

Do you let what is going on politically in the country ruin your daily life?
I have to admit that my blood pressure get up sometimes. But it doesn't alter my normal activities.

When you comment somewhere on a political or cultural issues is it your honest opinion or do you just like to argue?
It is my honest opinion, but I am a person whose opinion evolves as I take in new information. I am convincible.

Are you firmly in one partisan box or the other-- i.e. totally agree with one political party?
I have voted for both sides at different times, although I tend to lean a little to the left. The two party system has served us well over the years in that the left will pull the median a little their way for a few years and then the right will gain power and pull us a little to the right. It's best when the national mindset doesn't stray too far from center. But, in recent years both sides are attempting to pull us to extremes. Not good.

When someone disagrees with you, do you consider them to be stupid, ignorant (they aren't the same thing), bad, or evil?
I love to discuss politics and religion. I'll even play the Devil's advocate just to have a lively conversation. But, I don't engage people who are not well read or who refuse to try and understand an opposite position. Those are the ones who get the angriest. (In my experience) Some very intelligent people disagree with me.

Ingineer66 said...

Do you let what is going on politically in the country ruin your daily life?
Not a chance. Sometimes I get a little frustrated or say that I am going to cut back on following the news/politics. But that does not last.

When you comment somewhere on a political or cultural issues is it your honest opinion or do you just like to argue?
It is mostly my personal honest opinion, but sometimes I like to stir the pot with a little embellishment. I like to debate politics and sometimes take the opposite view just to get a rise out of people.

Are you firmly in one partisan box or the other-- i.e. totally agree with one political party?
I almost exclusively support Republican candidates, mostly because the California Democrat party has gone off the deep end. It wasn’t always that way. I am a fiscal conservative for a strong defense, but a social moderate to liberal depending on who you ask.

When someone disagrees with you, do you consider them to be stupid, ignorant (they aren't the same thing), bad, or evil?
No I don’t take it personally. Unless they really prove themselves to be ignorant. On a side note a couple of the hard core liberal folks in my neighborhood have made it a habit of calling the conservatives in the neighborhood all of those things on Facebook. So much for the tolerance that they speak of. And one of the most vocal anti-gun and hateful people after the latest shooting has an AR-15 and illegal high capacity magazines in her home. Her husband told me about it when he got it. I wanted to ask her if they turned theirs in since she wants everybody else to do so.

Rain Trueax said...

Thank you, guys for the answers. I really have wondered how it is for others

T. Paine said...

Do you let what is going on politically in the country ruin your daily life?
No. I do get frustrated at times, and I will write my congressman and/or senator on issues that are important to me, but I don't let things get to me to a large degree.

When you comment somewhere on a political or cultural issues is it your honest opinion or do you just like to argue?
I give my honest opinion. I am capable of having my mind changed on a given issue if the other person can make a good case why I am wrong or have not considered all of the data, but that is fairly rare. I state what I believe for the reasons I believe it.

Are you firmly in one partisan box or the other-- i.e. totally agree with one political party?
I definitely end up agreeing more with the Republicans as per their STATED POLICIES, even though they rarely fight for them it seems. I left the party years ago because of their hypocrisy and ineptitude. I have voted for Democrats before, but they have typically been local officials or conservative Democrats. I voted for the Constitution Party candidate for President in 2016.

When someone disagrees with you, do you consider them to be stupid, ignorant (they aren't the same thing), bad, or evil?
I know many very smart people that disagree with me. Sometimes they may be ignorant to all of the facts and sometimes it is simply a different interpretation of those facts that causes our differences. Most people arguing politics are not evil. Most genuinely want what they think is best for the country, even if we disagree on what "best" is.

Rain Trueax said...

Thank you, T Paine. I think it helps when we understand how others think

Wally Blue said...

As I've grown older I've learned a few lessons. One is the importance of being kind to each other. Another is that the more I learn the more I realize how much I don't know. And I've come to the conclusion that these issues that divide us are being manipulated by politicians for their own purposes which do not include the interests of the average American.

Rain Trueax said...

You said it so well, Wally. We are so easily manipulated by using emotions of fear or anger. We need to stop letting them, on both sides, get away with it.

I don't find myself so upset by the political arguments but the reaction of friends to them can definitely ruin my day and I should not let that happen either.

My daughter has a saying, which she called profane, but it helps her whether it's distant or close to home. 'Their shit is not my shit.' I told her, that is not profane, it's profound.