It’s easy to surround yourself with people who look and think and worship (or not) and vote like you do. It’s simple. Convenient. Easy.
It’s also easy to view people who *aren’t* like you, who live outside of your insulated world, as different and wrong and bad and dumb. Even evil.
I was raised in a conservative family in the Deep South. To this day, with the exception of a couple nieces, they’re all republican voters and politically conservative. And that will never change.
I married a democrat from NJ and, thanks to going to college to learn how to think differently and deconstruct and accept alternative viewpoints, I became a fiercely unaffiliated independent voter who definitely skews liberal. That doesn’t mean I’m liberal. Or democrat. Or want to steal from the rich. But I do believe in the idea of SOCIETY, and don’t believe our current system is equitable so that all of us have the same opportunities. I also believe that we’re being fleeced by very powerful forces who control the narrative to drive a stake between us Americans. To keep us distracted from the truth.
I DO NOT THINK ONE POLITICAL SIDE HAS ALL THE ANSWERS. I ALSO DO NOT HATE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS. I love you. Because I know you. And I also know that this republic is STRONGER with a balanced approach to managing it to the benefit of the majority, not the very, very few (of which none of us belong).
That said, I loathe Donald Trump. And it has absolutely nothing to do with his professed political affiliation. I hope we can get past him. He’s not a republican. He’s a carnival barker. His priority isn’t America. It’s Donald Trump. We can, and need, to do better.