On Getting Along

If my criteria for relationships was that I would only have friends who shared my beliefs, I would be very lonely indeed.

The outcome of the Presidential election has me feeling relieved and hopeful and reflecting on an earlier post in which I railed about the anger and divisiveness that has beset our country.

Though I hold strong opinions on politics and religion and women's rights and social issues and everything that seems to divide us, I've never understood why many people of differing opinions can't get along.

If my criteria for relationships was that I would only have friends who shared my beliefs, I would be very lonely indeed.

In the words of Thomas Jefferson:

"I never consider a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend."

In fact, I am all the richer for having such friends as they often open my eyes to things I wouldn't otherwise see.

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Suzanne November 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM
area man November 19, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Regina. The results of the recent election have left me distressed and without hope. Perhaps your focus on "social issues" has blinded you to the fact that bHo has spent the past four years flailing about making our once great country weaker at every turn. Does the Bengahzi (sp) cover up not worry you? Does the fact that the "Arab Spring", a euphemism for jihadist revolution, not trouble you? Stalemate in the Middle East was anchored on the fact that our allies, while not perfect, protected the balance. In a few months bHo's new taxes and regulations will be enacted. Your kids are young. My kids are out there trying to make their way. Part of me wants to downsize so they can't move back in, the other part of me wishes I could provide them shelter till the storm blows over. Sure. We can still be friends. But remember. Prior to an election, we say "may the best man (woman) win". In this case the best man didn't win. Get ready friend. It's about to get ugly.
Jim Knowles November 19, 2012 at 06:19 AM
area man, head to your nearest bomb shelter, and stay there for the benefit of the rest of us Americans. Your Republican moral majority is a clearly outdated political platform.
Susan November 20, 2012 at 03:45 PM
All one has to do is look at the comments by "Earnest" on this thread to "area Man" and see why there is no going along to get along. I've see him on so many of the threads of a poltical nature and his mode is always attack and demean. There is no discussion. As for the conservative entertainment complex, Earnest, did you get that clever line from Chris Matthews? RT channel? Huffington Post? Bill Maher? Or any of the dozens that call themselves the media?
area man November 25, 2012 at 09:08 AM
Earnest, nice try. Benghasi(sp) cover up now established fact. Four Americans dead. bHo elected. bHo thinks that Islamist radicals in control of the Middle East makes us safer. Yes, I'd rather have the prior middle east leadership in charge. Not perfect but our allies. Israel is in great peril. bHo is leaving them out to hang. As far as the Middle East is concerned, we have never been in as much peril. As bHos energy secretary has declared, 9 dollar per gallon gas is the goal.
linda spreeman September 08, 2013 at 11:22 AM
If we stop the Democrat vs. Republican nonsense and actually work together instead of falling on our swords over party lines, then something might actually get done for the good of all (Philosophy 101)...Linda Spreeman, King of Prussia


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