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Out Of Many, One [Aug. 20th, 2010|03:53 pm]
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I posted the same reply on two different people's Facebook pages today. I liked it enough that I decided to post it here:

Michael, all liberals don't think the same way and we don't have a secret agenda. I am a hard-core Obama-supporting liberal who is completely opposed to gun control, and I know many Obama supporting liberals who feel the same way. But there are manipulative people from the extremes of both parties who are trying (and in many cases succeeding) to drive a wedge between people in the US by convincing them that all XXXX think This Abhorrent Thought That Will Destroy America Unless We Stop Them. They propagate the idea that what the XXXX's want to have happen is so terrible that you have no common ground with them so your only hope is to smear everything they say and never ever actually listen to them. 

What we really need is more communication, not less. The passion people on both sides feel comes from a love of our country and I believe that everyone has a part of the truth. If we communicate and politely share what we know and what we think can be done, we can do great things. The founders weren't ever all in agreement about almost anything. We've been a scrappy people from the git-go. Our scrappiness is a big part of what Makes America Great. But it only works if each side is actually listening to, and thinking about, what the other side is saying and if both sides are willing to compromise. It's the divisive folks who say that "all XXXX's think alike and are always wrong so no one should ever listen to them" who are damaging America. People need to start actually listening and working together like the founders did not so long ago and not so far away.

[User Picture]From: urbpan
2010-08-20 09:32 pm (UTC)
That friend of mine has turned out to be an odd duck. His liberal-baiting makes him seem like a Beckite conservative, but he's actually a libertarian. When we talk about gay marriage or drug legalization we actually find common ground. He seems to have endless time and energy to argue, and to push my buttons when he can find them. I just can't believe people have the gumption to find fault with Obama after the 8 previous years.
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[User Picture]From: cdozo
2010-08-20 10:10 pm (UTC)
A lot of libertarians are like that. What's really funny to me, but it must drive libertarians up a wall is that most of my democratic/liberal friends confuse libertarians with conservatives/Republicans/the Right Wing.

I also have a friend who's a Voluntaryist (http://www.voluntaryist.com/fundamentals/introduction.php). Voluntaryists seem like libertarian anarchists to me, but a woman on my friend's facebook page was ranting at him for supporting Bush and the wars in the Mideast. It was as if she and I were responding to two completely different posts. But I'm pretty sure that my political beliefs are much more similar to hers than they are to my Voluntaryist friend's.
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