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

    21 50.00%
  • 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

    4 9.52%
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    Real life friends

    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.

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    Re: Real life friends

    I have friends from all sides of the spectrum.

    I don't think any of us 'hate' each other, and we've gotten into some seriously hot arguments. But at the end of it all, we agree to disagree on certain things, put it aside and go on.

    I think the venom on the internet is from people spewing out their anger at unknown faces. I highly doubt most people would speak to people they know like that, no matter how vehemently they disagree politically.

    And your poll is missing any number of variables of the liberal/conservative relationships.
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    Re: Real life friends

    Quote Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
    I have friends from all sides of the spectrum.

    I don't think any of us 'hate' each other, and we've gotten into some seriously hot arguments. But at the end of it all, we agree to disagree on certain things, put it aside and go on.

    I think the venom on the internet is from people spewing out their anger at unknown faces. I highly doubt most people would speak to people they know like that, no matter how vehemently they disagree politically.

    And your poll is missing any number of variables of the liberal/conservative relationships.
    I know the poll is missing variances but I just stuck with the basics. There is no way I could come up with every scenario. I agree with you that the internet lets people spew venom they would not say IRL and that is one of the reasons for my poll. I am curious if some of the most foaming at the mouth partisans in here have a real life that is a little or even a lot different.

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    Re: Real life friends

    I've always found that when I question my motivation for holding a certain belief it's important to have someone around who is so bat**** crazy on the subject that it puts everything back in perspective.

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    Re: Real life friends

    Some of my family members are very progressive. Interestingly, they get their opinions from the New Yorker and actually don't keep up with politics much, even local politics. But they by-golly have their strong opinions anyway!

    There are some topics I avoid and others that I refuse to respond to. For example, last Christmas at a family gathering and out of nowhere, someone I love announced, "Bush is an idiot." I just didn't say anything. Sometimes love requires silence, and besides, somebody who offers up an unsolicited opinion apropos of nothing very often doesn't deserve "engagement."

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    Re: Real life friends

    I have friends on both sides of the aisle, but being in Texas, the balance tends to be more toward the conservative side, just as a matter of regional culture. The friends I have who are democrats are usually quite easy for me to find common ground with, with the exception of one- with him, I just avoid discussing politics altogether, and gravitate more toward philosophical and religious discussions.
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    Re: Real life friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    I've always found that when I question my motivation for holding a certain belief it's important to have someone around who is so bat**** crazy on the subject that it puts everything back in perspective.
    All my friends are bat**** crazy regardless of political leanings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I have friends on both sides of the aisle, but being in Texas, the balance tends to be more toward the conservative side, just as a matter of regional culture. The friends I have who are democrats are usually quite easy for me to find common ground with, with the exception of one- with him, I just avoid discussing politics altogether, and gravitate more toward philosophical and religious discussions.
    Same thing In Idaho, most people are conservative but there are definitely hard core libs in me and my wife's circle of friends. I like to think since we are friends they don't have the same hateful opinions of conservatives that many libs in here express. The guy I mentioned in the OP called me to invite me on a kayak camp fishing trip next week so I don't think so but then again he could be just trying to get me out in the middle of nowhere to murder me I guess.

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    Re: Real life friends

    I have a couple buddies who are libertarians, but my family, wife and closest friends are conservatives.
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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 can not answer the poll, as I have friends on both sides, and am personally on neither side. My wife's family (parents and 4 other siblings) are all pretty extremist left, as is my Uncle. I have other friends that are pretty extreme right. I generally do not talk politics with any of them as some make the dumbest posters here seem quite intelligent when it comes to such topics. Though my experience has been the extreme left are always trying to start some sort of discussion to pick a fight. As an example when my wife's parents were here last she was rambling on about the right and being homophobes because of the anti-gay marriage stuff. To which I responded: Some might be, some might simply have their religion guiding them without thinking, but either way they are wrong, it should be legal. She expected me to be against it, because to her (and most of the other extreme left I know in real life) if you are not 100% in agreement with them, you MUST be a registered (R) and stand against everything they believe. She did it with a few topics and it always ended up the same, she never got the fight she was trying to start. Even my wife laughed about it (she's the only in their family that isn't extreme left)...
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