Recently I saw Jeanne Sager’s book “I Love You, But I Hate Your Politics” in the library and decided to check it out. I’m a liberal but I have conservative friends and family members. I love and care for them, but these past 3 years have been a struggle at times. Experience has taught me to talk politics with only my anti-Trump conservative friends. Attempts to try to talk politics with my pro-Trump conservative friends have always degenerated into an angry impasse.
Many progressives have criticized Joe Biden’s promise to bring a bipartisan approach to his administration as a pipe dream in this hyper-partisan times. I share many progressives skepticism, but I also share Biden’s hope that we could return to a bipartisan spirit. Biden came from a time when liberals and conservatives were still willing to find common ground and pass bipartisan bills.
Because I do political cartoons, my conservative friends are very aware of the political issues where we disagree. But as long as a person respects my right to disagree with them and have my own independent point of view, I’m willing to be your friend. So I have conservative friends, moderate friends, progressive friends, democratic socialist friends, even a few marxist friends. The biggest problems I’ve had in the past 3 decades have been with people who can’t handle differences of opinion and try to bully me into agreeing with them 100%. I’ve been in some crazy conflicts over the years, especially with conservative Christians. But I’ve also been blessed with good friends from across the political spectrum too.
I like to remind my conservative friends of the famous friendships of political opposites: Thomas Jefferson and John and Abigail Adams; George McGovern and Barry Goldwater; Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford; Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil; Ted Kennedy and Orrin Hatch; Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. I don’t have as many conservative friends as I had in my 20s, but the ones that have lasted is because they shown themselves to be true friends irregardless of their political labels.
Here is a video of Jeanne Safer talking to John J. Miller about her book “I Love You But I Hate Your Politics”.