I don't believe either yoo or I are ignorant, but we are certainly divided in spite of the fact that, as yoo pointed out, we have more in common than not (except for the 2nd Amendment, I think we're just going to have to agree to disagree on that one - but that's okay, I voted for Dr. Jill Stein knowing full well that she was opposed to my take on that particular issue). As a result, we begin patronizing each other and that is neither harmonious nor productive for actually causing change in conformity with our Will.
Therefore, I suggest that for one month we both take part in a thought experiment in which both of us honestly let go of our political preconceptions of the Democratic party and actually embrace the other's position without attempting to persuade each other and forgo any analysis, interpretation, dismissal, or justification until reflecting back once the month is over. Both of us will forget our entire voting history.
It also might be good for both of us to look at politics outside of our states as California and Minnesota have flavors of Democrat and Republican unique to themselves, a history of electing entertainers, and are particularly prone to forgetting that there are 49 other states in the Union.
I will focus on the ways that the Democrats differ from Republicans and how it wouldn't take much for the full Republican agenda to overtake the US if the Dems start to lose seats in the congress, etc. If yoo think I'm leaving something out, please feel free to suggest a modification.
Yoo will focus on the ways that the things that disgust yoo about the Republicans that the Democrats do as well, US foreign policy without allowing it to be flavored by partisan bias, the missed opportunities of the Obama administration, the problems that began in the Bush administration that persist into the second term Obama administration, and the difference between liberal ideology and the Democratic party.
Also this would NOT be a competition (there is no winner or loser, nobody says "I told yoo so"), the goal is to find a way to make our political beliefs manifest (yors don't because the candidates yoo vote for don't uphold them, mine don't because the candidates I vote for don't receive enough support to act on them).
If my mind and memory can be fooled that completely by a dream, it makes me wonder what else I'm perceiving incorrectly.
- Software Engineer, present
- Harvey Mudd CollegeChemistry, 1980 - 1985
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