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Monday, November 05, 2012 10:49 AM

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November. Election month. Politics. It can divide a dinner party as quickly as it can divide a nation. I enjoy intelligent discussions involving politics…sometimes. What I can’t deal with are people who get so heated that they can’t sit and calmly talk about an issue; instead they end up red-faced and yelling, making me just want to slither out the door without looking back.

What is it about politics that stirs up such emotions in people? I’ve never seen anyone talk about the weather and end up angrily storming out. (Get it? Weather? “storming”? I’m here all week.) Well, I think it’s because political issues, regardless of what they are, cut straight to the core of humanity. Every issue, whether it be affirmative action, abortion, global warming – okay, I guess there is one weather-related issue people get fired up about – regardless, all these issues affect each of us, and people love to exercise that freedom of speech. That’s fine with me, just don’t get up in my face or call me names. This has happened more than once when I’ve been engaged in political “discussions.”

What ruins a potentially really good conversation is when each person involved believes he or she is without a doubt right, and can’t possibly see for a second the other person’s side. Sure, I might be definitively placed somewhere on the liberal/conservative scale, but that doesn’t mean I’m not open to other people’s opinions. No good discussion will ever come about when people refuse to budge, when they remain stuck in their myopic belief system that there is only one right answer.

I used to be much more vocal about my political opinions than I am now. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good argument. I just got so tired of fighting with people who won’t back down, even when they have no evidence behind their claims. I have strong beliefs about every political issue, but I can also understand why people who disagree with me believe what they believe. Can’t we all just get along?

I don’t see our country ever coming into agreement, and that would make life boring anyway. Still, this seems to be the most divided our country’s ever been, and that’s not good, either. Maybe if we all just “give a little bit,” things would improve. The tone of our nation might improve. Everyone wouldn’t seem so angry and self-righteous. But maybe I’m just dreaming that this will ever happen.
In the meantime, you’ll catch me talking about the weather.


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