Apologies for covering the same territory, but I still feel as though I haven't been able to fully and clearly state my position.
Facebook is representative of a social change that may be difficult to overstate. Although, since I am not a sociologist, I may well have overstated it with no effort at all. But social media has irrevocably changed my view of boundaries and privacy and what information is appropriate to share. I am an atheist, and this fact can provide context for discussion with my friends, but in another reality, I would likely never mention it to certain (very religious) members of my family. It isn't that I'm ashamed of it, or even afraid of what they think of me, but it provides unnecessary conflict. The age-old warning to stay away from topics like religion and politics is becoming irrelevant.
I know that there are ways to keep your social circles segregated, and maybe I should have been more vigilant, but that ship has sailed. Besides, people like to share their likes. I do too. But I hate seeing cousins and aunts and uncles and friends thumbing Romney/Ryan.
So this is my point about politics. I hate that it makes me dislike people for a reason as silly and abstract as an election. Yet again, I feel the need to insist that I am not drawing false equivalencies. Romney is absolutely not simply a Republican version of Obama. The Republican party itself is an absurd parody of itself; one of the comments I got from my last post on this subject was that the Democrats have women's rights and the rights of homosexuals and other minorities in their agenda and the Republicans do not. I just want to point out that this is true, but it is also an extremely low bar. We should not congratulate Democrats for recognizing women's rights; Republicans should be ashamed of their regressive social policies. But that might just be my perspective, and that of the liberal echo chamber to which I glue my ear.
Here's the interactive part.
Conservatives: I really want to know how you are processing these foundational differences in policy and philosophy. How is socialized medicine anything but good? How is same-sex marriage a threat to you or anyone else? How is it right (much less good social policy) that 1% of US citizens own 43% of the wealth? I'm not really looking for specific answers here; I really want impressions. What do conservatives think of liberals?
I'll go first.
I can distill conservative politics down to selfishness and just being an asshole. So when I find that you as a friend or coworker or family member is voting for Romney, I just assume that you are selfish and a bigger asshole than I had originally thought.
You are reading my blog, so you know where I stand on multiple issues. What do you think about me?