The political hot-word for the decade thus far has been "polarization" - Blahblah-radio's bread 'n butter. Folks exhibiting said polarized reactions - real
& feigned - are flavors for every month:
- Herr Falafeloofa (Bill O'Reilly) gives Al Qaeda go-ahead to blow-up the Coit Tower
- White Powder sent to Jon Stewart, Letterman, Pelosi, Schumer, and others
- All day/Everyday for the Savage Weiner
- All day/Everyday on Freerepublic.com
- Stybletroll using my demise as a nom de guerre
We hear this ad nauseum in the blatherworld, but what about our own? I grew up amongst conservative fundamentalists - my entire family included (yes, this explains a lot). I still have friends that are conservatives. It would never cross my mind to send them white powder, death threats, wish AIDS, or declare war on them. I really don't think it would cross their minds either. Sure, a few arguments are intermitedly launched - & some disparaging euphemisms exchanged. Yes, this does result in a few silent Thanksgivings - but that's it.
Bla'M himself said despite being diametrically opposed to the likes of Orbus, Lou Pate, & Kirby Wilber, that they're all "nice guys" (paraphrased - sweet Cthulu, I sure hope that wasn't off the record, Michael)
Of course on this polar end, we have the aberrant Mary Matalin & James Carville - working for their spouse's devil & married now for nearly 15 years. A more entertaining Meet the Press, you will never see.
So here's the crux. Between cross-political relationships & warfare, where do you fit in?
Where do your politics begin and your relationship(s) end?
(Where does "culture" stop & and " a war" start?)
Is politics a day-to-day full-contact sport,
or just a Star Wars vs. Star Trek fan-rivalry with different costumes?
Do you personally draw a line in the sand?
If so, where is that line? (issues vs. friends, dating, relationships, or marriages)
If someone crosses that line, what are the consequences?