Today a Facebook friend from high school posted an AP photo of President Obama. She said "This picture was actually attached to an AP article entitled Many Obama 2008 supporters defecting to GOP....is it just me, or do I detect a little craziness in his eye? maybe its just the full moon...."
I thought of commenting that the media often uses unflattering photos of personalities. Then I thought better of it, so I said nothing.
Then I saw that another guy who was in our high school class said this about the photo: "He's a liberal...of course he's nuts."
I took the bait.
I replied, "Gee, based on that logic, I must be nuts too."
To which the guy said "That would be correct."
I replied back, "Wow. Have a great Sunday. See ya!"
I just didn't want to get into a political argument with someone I wasn't even friends with back in high school.
My friend who'd posted the link called him out on the name calling (he'd also spewed some other stuff about liberals, then said "You can't fix stupid. LOL"), and I have to commend her for that. It was also her space that was being used, so I don't blame her.
I addressed her, and agreed with what she had said regarding politics. She is more conservative than I am, I am pretty sure, but she seems to be open to other points of view, and doesn't label people.
The point here is two threefold: No matter our political beliefs, those who are on the other side of the spectrum are not crazy or stupid. And yes, it took a lot for me to write that. But being labeled "nuts" and "stupid" by someone whose beliefs are more conservative than my own made me realize that we tend to operate in generalities.
The other second point is that we can always learn something from the other side.
The third is that it's important to vote.
And there's another thing I thought about all afternoon: I'm proud of who I am, of my principles and beliefs. That might be another blog entry, although as my t-shirt rightly states, I never finish anyth