With friends like these

Keep your politics to yourself? Bad idea, says Tat:

It will hurt you more at the end when you find out your jogging buddy is a statist. It will bring you more heartbreak when you learn a person you shared same hobby is someone who supports re-distribution of wealth. It will make you feel betrayed when your pal with whom you have common taste in jazz and, like, totally connect — voted for a current nuisance in the Oval Office, on principle. It will make your life at the office an everyday torture if your boss will sing praises for “heroic Palestinians freedom-fighting against blood-thirsty Israelis”.

On one level, this is fairly indisputable: you seldom see people on opposite sides of the aisle connecting at heart-to-heart level. (There’s Carville and Matalin, I suppose, but she was the brains of the operation, while he worked in, um, some other region.)

Then again, everyone on earth who agrees with me on everything would probably fit in this one room, and possibly in this one chair.







11 comments

  1. Tatyana »

    12 February 2013 · 7:14 am

    It is not a question of complete agreement. It’s existence on the same moral plane. In the last 7-8 years the process of divergence between people of opposite ideological makes accelerated; now we are opposite each other. Not in trenches, yet – because bad peace is better than good war – but I wouldn’t discount the possibility.
    A person who approves of re-distribution of someone else’s money is a thief. A person who approves of killing American citizens without judge and jury, without due process only because the killings are ordered by a Democrat – is a murderer.

    So called “liberals” are morally flawed – and act from those flaws. Do not condone them, do not associate with them, do not get corrupt by them.
    Keep your distance: for preserving a moral being in yourself.

  2. Tatyana »

    12 February 2013 · 7:16 am

    A link to illustrate an ideological murderer: http://dyrbulschir.livejournal.com/202627.html?view=1909891#t1909891

  3. Tatyana »

    12 February 2013 · 7:17 am

    Sorry, leftover in my browser. Correct link: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/02/msnbc-host-trusting-obama-more-than-bush-isnt-hypocritical/273018/

  4. Roger Green »

    12 February 2013 · 7:51 am

    this is a convoluted argument. I don’t trust Obama more than Bush on drones, or executive privilege or the like. I do trust Obama more than Bush on marriage equality, for example. There are plenty of people I disagree with politically that I get along with in choir, or at work.

  5. McGehee »

    12 February 2013 · 8:01 am

    I do trust Obama more than Bush on marriage equality, for example.

    Even though Obama lied about his position, and how he came to “change his mind” about it? You may not agree with Bush’s position, but he’s never lied about his stance.

    Some aspects of trust go deeper than agreement on a given issue. If Obama suddenly announced today that he agreed with every issue position I happen to hold, the result would be that I trusted him less across the board. Admittedly, that would be a neat trick.

  6. Roger Green »

    12 February 2013 · 8:18 am

    Obama said he was “evolving” on marriage equality. Change is not “lying.”

  7. Marcel »

    12 February 2013 · 8:25 am

    If I were President Obama, I’d have fun with this. Get my base all wound up for an assault weapons ban, and then sign an executive order giving every poor man an AR-15 with 500 rounds. Just to watch them spin.

  8. Tatyana »

    12 February 2013 · 8:33 am

    Marcel – something tells me he will not go along with your “dare”.

  9. Tatyana »

    12 February 2013 · 8:35 am

    Roger Green – thank you for a perfect illustration of “corrupted mind”.

  10. Jeff Brokaw »

    13 February 2013 · 9:15 am

    Obama “evolved” during an election year, and some people bought it because they fervently wished for it. In politics, cynicism is a virtue. These people are not your friends, and will tell you anything you want to hear in exchange for your vote. Pay more attention to what they do and assume every word they utter is a dirty lie, and you will be much closer to the reality of modern politics.

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