View Poll Results: Do you have friends on the opposite side of the isle

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  • I am conservative but have lib friends

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  • I am conservative and hav few if any lib friends

    3 7.14%
  • I am liberal but have con friends

    14 33.33%
  • I am liberal and have few if any con friends

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Thread: Real life friends

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    Re: Real life friends

    I avoid talking politics with my friends and family. There's a reason for that. I do know that my friends are all over the place politically, and my father is a libertarian even though he'd NEVER admit it.
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    Re: Real life friends

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I just got off the phone with a friend of mine who is very lib and loves Obama and it got me wondering about other people in this forum. Some of you seem to hate people on the other side of the isle and I am wondering how this effects your social life. IMO more libs hate cons than visa versa and shun them but lets see.
    I have Liberal friends but we rarely talk politics.
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    Re: Real life friends

    I really wish there was an "other" choice. I am a libertarian, registered as such, and my views can swing anywhere from liberal to conservative on the spectrum dependent upon the issue. I'm a Libertarian because they are the closest to any semblance of following the constitution which is my major issue, and my "lean" tends to go with the founding document. I have friends on all sides of the aisle, they are entitled to their opinions as am I, and we have heated discussions but at the end of the day they are all good people, or they wouldn't be in my life.
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    Re: Real life friends

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I just got off the phone with a friend of mine who is very lib and loves Obama and it got me wondering about other people in this forum. Some of you seem to hate people on the other side of the isle and I am wondering how this effects your social life. IMO more libs hate cons than visa versa and shun them but lets see.
    I'm liberal and so are all of my close friends (though most of them more than I am). It's not because I dislike conservatives though. One of my best friends in college was very conservative and we got along fine. We've drifted apart since then though.
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    Re: Real life friends

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I just got off the phone with a friend of mine who is very lib and loves Obama and it got me wondering about other people in this forum. Some of you seem to hate people on the other side of the isle and I am wondering how this effects your social life. IMO more libs hate cons than visa versa and shun them but lets see.
    It has always been my experience that in the real world people are a lot more than their political opinions .... so I never really worry too much about that.
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    Re: Real life friends

    I have no friends that are liberals. My best friend up in Michigan was actually the one who got me into libertarianism. Before that, I was more conservative socially. He's the only one of my friends who is politically knowledgeable.

    I know of 2 people who voted for Obama for sure - my aunt and my cousin. My cousin was 19 when she voted for him, so she didn't know any better. She's a smart cookie, however. On the other hand, my aunt is a pill-popping, alcoholic recluse who weighs close to 3 bills and can go weeks without leaving her house and rarely gets out of her recliner in her waking hours. She loves Obama.

    And no, I'm not making this up.

    The rest I know love Bush. My mother liked him, but less so once I started informing her about basic political truths and viewpoints. She's still socially conservative, but not as much as before.

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    Re: Real life friends

    Quote Originally Posted by sawyerloggingon View Post
    I just got off the phone with a friend of mine who is very lib and loves Obama and it got me wondering about other people in this forum. Some of you seem to hate people on the other side of the isle and I am wondering how this effects your social life. IMO more libs hate cons than visa versa and shun them but lets see.
    I'm neither an American liberal nor conservative, so I don't know which option to choose, but yes, I do have friends who I disagree with politically and who vote other parties than I do. The only people I don't want to be friends with are neo-Nazis, violent leftists or other violent extremists along these lines. Disagreement is perfectly fine, as long as we agree we let the elections decide.
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    Re: Real life friends

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    I really wish there was an "other" choice. I am a libertarian, registered as such, and my views can swing anywhere from liberal to conservative on the spectrum dependent upon the issue. I'm a Libertarian because they are the closest to any semblance of following the constitution which is my major issue, and my "lean" tends to go with the founding document. I have friends on all sides of the aisle, they are entitled to their opinions as am I, and we have heated discussions but at the end of the day they are all good people, or they wouldn't be in my life.
    I try to avoid heated discussions. Just as here at DP, some of my family members are ideologues. They have their packaged talking points, and that's that.

    Besides, they are stupendously uninformed and do not keep up the way those of us who post at DP do, not even in their own hometowns, which I think is sinfully irresponsible citizenship.

    If nobody argues/corrects a factual mistake--suffers in stoic silence, I mean, and I "slip" only every so often--the topic will quickly turn.

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    Re: Real life friends

    I have friends from a variety of social, ethnic, regional, religious, economic or political backgrounds, but none are what I call dittoheads. I use that word to mean conservatives who lack the capacity for critical thought, and just go with whatever the current outrage is. There are liberals who do the same thing, and I don't keep them as friends, either, but I don't have a special name for them.

    If someone's a conservative and either doesn't want to smear his politics over everything he sees, or, if he does want to talk politics, can do so in an unemotional and rational way, then they're good with me. If they start quoting Rush or tell me what good sources of information NRO, TownHall, Human Events, or Fox News talk shows are, then I don't have any interest in talking to them.
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    Re: Real life friends

    My best friend is conservative.

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