Okay, ya’ll know that I’m one of the first people to stir the pot when it comes to politics. I love to debate, and more importantly, I love learning new information and fact-checking. There is nothing, nothing, more entertaining to me than sitting down for coffee and talking politics, especially in the fall. Politics: Just because you don’t have interest in them, doesn’t mean politics won’t take interest in you.
I am a self-described Liberal, even though Emily has sworn in the past that I have some very conservative streaks running through me. I don’t really side with either of the main parties 100%, and more likely than not my ballot swings both ways. Regardless, I pay attention to politics, form my own opinions and research what I can. Admittedly, there are some things that I don’t particularly have a opinion on, but I try to be informed.
However, every once in a while I get in a tiff when it comes to debate. I am part of several forums as well as online “groups” where we all debate. With out fail, eventually someone comes out of the woodwork and picks a fight. It turns into “Well, this happened because of YOU DIRTY LIBERALS.” *rolls eyes* I’m the first to admit that I’m wrong, or I’m unsure of the answer, however, the name calling is pretty pathetic. I have no problem reading articles, facts, studies, statistics that you post to back up your claim, I actually enjoy it. I like to see if people can change my opinion, but to resort to finger pointing and ranting online isn’t getting anyone anywhere.
Every year, every election I wonder to myself, what happened to agree to disagree? We all have the ability to form our own opinions, why is it so bad if someone’s opinions vary from yours? Just because I am in favor of ObamaCare doesn’t mean that I dislike you because you’re not. Just because you’re pro-life and cheering Illinois’s decision re: the morning after pill, doesn’t mean that I won’t pour you another cup of coffee.
The point of politics, elections, etc (okay, guys no conspiracy shit right now.) is to give us a chance to voice our opinions, to stand up for what we believe in, and most importantly, form our own thoughts and opinions on what we believe is right, wrong, moral or otherwise. Not all of us are going to agree, hell, bring up the CPS strike and I’ll irritate the hell out of some liberals, but that’s the point. We’re different. We’re going to have different views. You believe and support yours, I’ll stand for mine.
I guess my long-winded point is : Agree to disagree. Back up your facts and stop name calling. You can call me a dirty liberal all you like, but it doesn’t make anyone look more intelligent.
Oh. And Emily, if you’re reading this… you need to move here. I need someone to debate with.