We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is difficult to hold an "adult conversation" with uninformed or uneducated people. When almost anything can be politicized and anybody can become suddenly emotional or indignant, it is often best just to shut up. McInnes humorously discusses Reality Bites.
It's not hard to hold an adult conversation with the uninformed, or under-educated, it's hard to hold an adult conversation with some, who in the words of Renaldus Magnus "knows so much that isn't true".
William O. B'Livion
Very True of both sides of the political fence.
I believe a lot of it is owed to people who only read the headline. Or hear the bumper sticker phrase.
Consider this. How many times have you seen a major feud on a Facebook post, between various people who read only the headline but not the article?
Neither side has a clue what the actual story was about, they just make assumptions based on the headline or the link text.
And both sides make absolutely the wrong assumption from the headline.
That is how people are today. If it happens like that on Facebook or other forums, you know they have to be doing the same thing in life.
It's worse than that. Many people on the left don't have a theory, idea, or principle, but if you challenge them, it becomes a personal argument.
For example, I know two women who had been close friends for decades. The first woman had a child who was gay (and whose attitudes about many topics reversed in the process of dealing with that) and the second had a child who had socialization issues. In discussing the concept of "hate crimes", the second (who was against the idea) asked why is it a hate crime when somebody commits violence against her gay son but not if someone commits violence against her son because he is "different"? There was no coherent answer but in two minutes it became an argument and a decades long relationship was damaged.
It is not difficult at all to converse with anyone, no matter whatever cultural, educational, religious, political or other differences. Stop talking and listen. Try to get into that persons "shoes." The purpose of conversation is not to turn someone into you.
I have no interest in having a rational conversation with a libtard, demoncrap, islam, illegal vermin or foreigner because elections have consequences, and all enemies of America you lost and its time to pay the piper.