Venting on this clash of political perspectives between friends has helped me grapple with this interpersonal relationship issue. If this person and I had not been friends for so long, we could not have such bonds in these times.
He wants us to respect each others beliefs, and I will let that stand.
But, come to think of it, I have no idea what his/their "beliefs" are, other than the typical right wing talking points they repeat.
Or is that just a cover for their inability or unwillingness to think for themselves?
Is that what they really believe? Do they think liberals have no values or sense of responsibility? Do they really think liberals hate this country and our freedom?
How can they claim to oppose “big government” and at the same time surrender our privacy rights? How can they demonize taxes and still want a vast imperial military presence around the world? Is it their desire to revert our society to medieval theocracy?
They seem to dig in and not want to open up about what they really think. Maybe they simply believe that liberals are to blame for all the evil in the world.
Their beliefs are personal, and they are uncomfortable with any questions about them.
Too bad we can't ask them without their getting defensive, belligerent, or evasive.
We can really only know what they are against.
By their support of the Republican Party we can presume they are against most of the progress made through the last century.
They have blocked or reversed a middle class standard of living, civil liberties, collective bargaining rights, pensions, open government, separation of church and state, health care rights, workplace safety standards, environmental standards, regulation of big business, reproductive rights, corporate and government accountability, public access to legal representation, public education, the fairness doctrine in media, negotiable prescription prices for Medicare, and a minimum wage. That’s just mentioning a few off the top of my head.
As I saw on a bumper sticker, "Just what are conservatives conserving?"