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Is the Campaign Tearing Us Apart?



“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend,” said Thomas Jefferson in one of my all-time favorite quotes. With Hillary and Barack duking it out, are their supporters fighting each other too?

What happens if you're a Hillary and your boyfriend is a Barack? Pandemonium? Jezebel investigates this feud with all the juicy, glowing contempt fit to print.

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kh61582 kh61582 8 years
I'm looking to move to New York City in a few weeks. I'm Republican and proud of it and very into politics. I've seen roommate ads on Craigslist saying they don't want to live with Republicans which pisses me off. Because I am a Republican does that make my entire personality bad? I feel that until I get a good place to live I have to keep my political opinions to myself because NYC is very liberal and people will judge me if they knew I didn't agree with them. I think it's sad when it comes to that.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
seeinpink-- that's why I sometimes avoid talking about politics with my college friends. But that's kinda sad that your friend won't look past that... you had good times and all, and hopefully she would've been able to just ignore your differences. But I suppose it's for the best.
lostbronte lostbronte 8 years
aimcifer, i'm in your situation. i'm conservative and most of my friends are liberal, and it's tough, but they (mostly) respect me for my integrity. NurseDeAnna, lol!!!
lostbronte lostbronte 8 years
aimcifer, i'm in your situation. i'm conservative and most of my friends are liberal, and it's tough, but they (mostly) respect me for my integrity. NurseDeAnna, lol!!!
NurseDeAnna NurseDeAnna 8 years
You could always be like Sean Penn and encourage people to vote, even when they don't know who they're voting for.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
for the most part certain subjects (politics and religion) shouldn't be discussed with people who aren't easy going and ok discussing opinionsi tend to keep it to my self unless i know the other person is respectful and mad cool
chancleta chancleta 8 years
for the most part certain subjects (politics and religion) shouldn't be discussed with people who aren't easy going and ok discussing opinions i tend to keep it to my self unless i know the other person is respectful and mad cool
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I think it gets heated because more often than not, people just love to hear their selves talk. That, and a lot of people don't get to vent very often for whatever reasons, and then take the opportunity to just SAY SOMETHING. If people weren't so egotistical - always have to be right, always think their views are the right views, et cetera - people with different views would get along a lot better. I LOVE that picture so much!!! When was that taken?? It brings tears to my eyes.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 8 years
I think it gets heated because more often than not, people just love to hear their selves talk. That, and a lot of people don't get to vent very often for whatever reasons, and then take the opportunity to just SAY SOMETHING. If people weren't so egotistical - always have to be right, always think their views are the right views, et cetera - people with different views would get along a lot better. I LOVE that picture so much!!! When was that taken?? It brings tears to my eyes.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
That quote should be common sense, but unfortunately it's profound these days.I think if everybody gave people they disagree with just half a chance, they would realize that most people have good intentions and they come to their beliefs in good faith. We all have different values and a different perspective on the world, and it only makes sense that we'd all form different opinions. That doesn't mean that the people who disagree with you have given any less thought to their opinions, or that they care any less about their values or that they are bad people.What really rubs me the wrong way about discussing politics these days is that as a country, we seem to have gotten into this mindset of <em>everyone that agrees with me is thoughtful and everyone that disagrees with me is evil/stupid/greedy/naive/hateful/uneducated/etc...</em>. There's always common ground, people.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
That quote should be common sense, but unfortunately it's profound these days. I think if everybody gave people they disagree with just half a chance, they would realize that most people have good intentions and they come to their beliefs in good faith. We all have different values and a different perspective on the world, and it only makes sense that we'd all form different opinions. That doesn't mean that the people who disagree with you have given any less thought to their opinions, or that they care any less about their values or that they are bad people. What really rubs me the wrong way about discussing politics these days is that as a country, we seem to have gotten into this mindset of everyone that agrees with me is thoughtful and everyone that disagrees with me is evil/stupid/greedy/naive/hateful/uneducated/etc.... There's always common ground, people.
seeinpink seeinpink 8 years
My best friend decided she didn't want to be my best friend anymore because of my political beliefs. She's known them all along but apparently can't take it anymore. Not everyone in college is liberal and I wish everyone would be a little more accepting of that.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 8 years
Jefferson warned us about being limited to a two party system and I hate seeing people divided over the labels of "democrat" or "republican." Imagine if a candidate could actually state their true platforms without having to tow the party lines.I love hearing other people's ideas, but what gets to me is when I ask why are you labeling yourself a D or R, and they don't know they basic principles of their own party.I am a libertarian. I think that most decisions should be made on a state or local level.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 8 years
Jefferson warned us about being limited to a two party system and I hate seeing people divided over the labels of "democrat" or "republican." Imagine if a candidate could actually state their true platforms without having to tow the party lines. I love hearing other people's ideas, but what gets to me is when I ask why are you labeling yourself a D or R, and they don't know they basic principles of their own party. I am a libertarian. I think that most decisions should be made on a state or local level.
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
Great quote by a great man.I do think that politics can be very divisive. I definitely listen to other people's POV's, even when I disagree, and often find it fairly easy to see where they are coming from. I kind of feel that most of my friends and people that I associate with that are very liberal think that it's fine to voice their political opinions that are anti-conservative, whereas I don't feel comfortable voicing my own conservative opinions. I do feel that a lot of those people peg conservative opionions as evil and closed-minded. So, unless I know that someone is very open or is a conservative, I don't voice my political opinions often. I have gotten into HUGE arguments (argument meaning I tried to explain my view, and he then lectured me for over an hour on his POV) that have left me in tears with my very liberal father, so I can see how it can cause tension. On the other hand, I have two very close friends that are more liberal than I, and we have very open and respectful conversations about politics.
tiff58 tiff58 8 years
Great quote by a great man. I do think that politics can be very divisive. I definitely listen to other people's POV's, even when I disagree, and often find it fairly easy to see where they are coming from. I kind of feel that most of my friends and people that I associate with that are very liberal think that it's fine to voice their political opinions that are anti-conservative, whereas I don't feel comfortable voicing my own conservative opinions. I do feel that a lot of those people peg conservative opionions as evil and closed-minded. So, unless I know that someone is very open or is a conservative, I don't voice my political opinions often. I have gotten into HUGE arguments (argument meaning I tried to explain my view, and he then lectured me for over an hour on his POV) that have left me in tears with my very liberal father, so I can see how it can cause tension. On the other hand, I have two very close friends that are more liberal than I, and we have very open and respectful conversations about politics.
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 8 years
My dad and I argue a lot, even if it never gets too intense. He thinks Kucinich is a 'useless vote' (well, he's dropped out now anyways..) but I think he's so much better than Obama and Hillary. I respect people for their opinions, but when my friend told me that her Dad wants to vote for Romney (even /after/ she showed him all those articles about him flip flopping all over the place!) I tried my best not to explode.
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 8 years
My dad and I argue a lot, even if it never gets too intense. He thinks Kucinich is a 'useless vote' (well, he's dropped out now anyways..) but I think he's so much better than Obama and Hillary.I respect people for their opinions, but when my friend told me that her Dad wants to vote for Romney (even /after/ she showed him all those articles about him flip flopping all over the place!) I tried my best not to explode.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I truly think that the founding fathers set up a great governmental system, and it is sad to see it neglected by apathy"Well said!
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I truly think that the founding fathers set up a great governmental system, and it is sad to see it neglected by apathy" Well said!
juju4 juju4 8 years
I love it when people can discuss their ideas and thoughts without taking it personally. The only time I get frustrated is when people don't have an opinion, or base their opinion on soundbites etc. I had a friend that voted in the last election, and when I asked her about why she voted for that candidate, she said, "Because my husband did. I don't know anything about the election". That blew my mind! I would love it if every American would think about what issues are really important to them, and then find out what the candidates stance is on those issues. I truly think that the founding fathers set up a great governmental system, and it is sad to see it neglected by apathy.
juju4 juju4 8 years
I love it when people can discuss their ideas and thoughts without taking it personally. The only time I get frustrated is when people don't have an opinion, or base their opinion on soundbites etc. I had a friend that voted in the last election, and when I asked her about why she voted for that candidate, she said, "Because my husband did. I don't know anything about the election". That blew my mind! I would love it if every American would think about what issues are really important to them, and then find out what the candidates stance is on those issues. I truly think that the founding fathers set up a great governmental system, and it is sad to see it neglected by apathy.
aimcifer aimcifer 8 years
I am a conservative and I respect all opinions even when I totally disagree. That said, I've seen SO much venom between the political parties. I know it goes both ways. As a conservative who is around liberals a lot, it just amazes me that they seem to think all conservatives are pure evil. It's difficult to constantly have my ideals and belief system trashed. I just wish that people could at least be respectful and stop stereotyping people!
ladygypsy ladygypsy 8 years
I'm tired of my female friends being upset with me because I'm not a Hillary supporter. I've been accused of being a traitor to my gender. Meanwhile, it takes everything in me not to explode when people say, "I'm voting for her only because she's a woman!!" Sometimes I fail at that. It's just nutty.But I try to keep an open mind about what I hear.
ladygypsy ladygypsy 8 years
I'm tired of my female friends being upset with me because I'm not a Hillary supporter. I've been accused of being a traitor to my gender. Meanwhile, it takes everything in me not to explode when people say, "I'm voting for her only because she's a woman!!" Sometimes I fail at that. It's just nutty. But I try to keep an open mind about what I hear.
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