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Schmidt Wrote: Jared -- Well said. I agree with your viewpoint. Also, as one who has discussed, debated, argued, with those ideologues on both the extreme left and extreme right, including relatives, I have a very poor success rate on changing minds...or "changing brains" as George Lakoff would put it. In any case that cannot be accomplished in a forum post or one-on-one conversation. It takes time.
Trust me, I understand that full well!
I am the sole liberal in a family dominated by Republicans. And I'm not just talking about my immediate family. I'm talking cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, etc.
I can have thoughtful and constructive debates with a select few family members, but avoid talking politics with the vast majority of my family and typically leave the room whenever it's brought up by one of my more extreme uncles.
However, one thing I love is when I'm able to get one of my sane family members to think about something from a different perspective. My dad is one of those sane family members and it's great when I'm able to get through to him. My motive isn't to change his political affiliation, but rather to just get him to think about things from someone else's perspective.
It took years, but my dad finally changed his views on gay marriage and that was before the Supreme Court ruled it was a Constitutional right. I'll never forget the day my dad shamed my uncle who opposes gay marriage by quoting scripture and asking his brother if he followed the words of Jesus. (My parents and the vast majority of my family are deeply religious.) I never said a word to him afterwards, but it took years of conversations with my dad before he changed his mind about gay marriage. I'll never know why he eventually changed his mind, but he did and that's all that matters.
Sorry if I'm coming across as rambling, but my point is that it takes time and a whole lot of patience to change peoples deeply held opinions. "My way or the highway" only divides us even more than we already are. I never shamed my father for being against gay marriage, but I also stood firm and pushed back against alternative suggestions he had that would have given gay individuals some rights, but not full rights.
I was uncompromising, but empathetic and it worked.
Schmidt Wrote: What I worry about more is the ideological behavior of those on the far left who see center left Democrats like Hillary Clinton as much or more of an enemy than someone like Donald Trump. Hate is difficult to unlearn once someone is indoctrinated to hate a person.
As you know - I worry about the extreme left more than I do the extreme right. The extreme left were willing to sabotage a Presidential election out of pure spite. They were willing to hand the keys of the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court to Republicans because their preferred candidate didn't win the nomination.
What's even more scary is that Hillary's loss in the electoral college has somehow convinced them that they were right all along! I wonder how many elections we'll have to lose before these people realize that the vast majority of Democrats want nothing to do with them.
I hope it was worth it for all those Bernie or busters who would rather see a narcissistic sociopath have the keys to our nuclear codes than a technocratic Democrat who understood that compromise isn't a dirty word.