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View Poll Results: Do you have friends who are members of the opposing party?
Yes, I have friends from many different political viewpoints
I try to limit my friendships to people from my political party
I have no idea what party my friends belong to
My BEST friends are from my party, but I also have friends from other parties
As many of you know, I believe "Left vs. Right" is meaningless. All it does is separate people along party lines. What is "Party"? I mean, is anyone truly THAT loyal to their party? I couldn't care less about democrats OR republicans. Politics is about providing answers and solutions and neither party has all the answers...or even MOST Of the answers.
So here is my question....
Do you have friends who are members of the opposite party?
For those of you who care, my friends are democrats, republicans, independents AND people who don't even vote.
__________________ "No one walking this earth knows what is truly righteous"
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As many of you know, I believe "Left vs. Right" is meaningless.
While there may not be a difference between "left" and "right," or between "Democrat" and "Republican," I think there's probably a real fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" which affects not only our political differences but also our daily lives and the circle of people we tend to spend the most amount of time with.
That being said, of course we all most likely have friends of differing political parties. Two of my sons, both of whom I love and respect very much, vote differently than I do - as do many of my friends - at least the ones I've actually discussed politics with. However, politics don't often enter into every day conversation with coworkers and/or casual friends.
More to the point, this is a "political board" and people are going to be more likely to discuss politics here than they are over breakfast as MacDonalds or Dennys so of course you are going to see divisions by politics.....how could you expect not to?
If you were posting on a board which was "Football Teams" wouldn't you expect to find some sort of division?
I think it's an internet phenomenon. I suppose road rage is a form of an ad hominen attack, though, and in minor ways I've certainly experienced that.
Irrelevant to the topic, but interesting none the less...I recently found this regarding "ad Hominen"
"One of the most widely misused terms on the Net is "ad hominem". It is most often introduced into a discussion by certain delicate types, delicate of personality and mind, whenever their opponents resort to a bit of sarcasm. As soon as the suspicion of an insult appears, they summon the angels of ad hominem to smite down their foes, before ascending to argument heaven in a blaze of sanctimonious glory. They may not have much up top, but by God, they don't need it when they've got ad hominem on their side. It's the secret weapon that delivers them from any argument unscathed.
In reality, ad hominem is unrelated to sarcasm or personal abuse. Argumentum ad hominem is the logical fallacy of attempting to undermine a speaker's argument by attacking the speaker instead of addressing the argument. The mere presence of a personal attack does not indicate ad hominem: the attack must be used for the purpose of undermining the argument, or otherwise the logical fallacy isn't there. It is not a logical fallacy to attack someone; the fallacy comes from assuming that a personal attack is also necessarily an attack on that person's arguments.
Therefore, if you can't demonstrate that your opponent is trying to counter your argument by attacking you, you can't demonstrate that he is resorting to ad hominem...end of story. If your opponent's sarcasm is not an attempt to counter your argument, but merely an attempt to insult you (or amuse the bystanders), then it is not part of an ad hominem argument."
We are bring our POV to a conversation to a discuss this would include our ideology/religion and anything that informs our beliefs.
"Some guys play in all-star games, some guys don't. I don't know who picks all those all-star teams. In all honesty, I don't know who picks the combine, for that matter," Belichick said. "How does (Miami-Ohio offensive lineman Brandon) Brooks not get invited to the combine? How did Vollmer not get invited to the combine? I don't know. We can't really worry about that. We just have to try to evaluate them the best we can."