Even though I’m a liberal, I used to have quite a few conservative friends in my 20s and 30s. About the mid 1990s, though, something changed. Many of the conservatives that I’ve met since then have been less willing to respect differences of opinions, and I’ve gotten into some exasperating conflicts in the past decade or so. I still have some friends and family members who I care about who are conservative, and I think of them to remind me not to stereotype all conservatives as being a certain way. Here is a cartoon that I did for the February 18, 2015 Philippines Today on that subject.
History is replete with many friendships of individuals with opposing viewpoints. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were best friends even though Jefferson was a Republican and Adams was a Federalist. Liberal Ted Kennedy and conservative Orrin Hatch were best friends in the Senate. Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil would argue during the congressional debates, but would share drinks and exchange jokes afterward. Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda were best friends even though Stewart was a conservative Republican and Fonda was an ardent New Deal liberal. Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston were close friends even though Peck was a strong liberal who supported gun control while Heston was a conservative who was a past president of the NRA. The two closest friends in the Supreme Court are liberal justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and conservative justice Antonin Scalia. John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek were on friendly terms and had a respect for each other in spite of their different economic philosophies.
Sen. Orrin Hatch remembers his friend Sen. Ted Kennedy on MSNBC’s Morning Joe
CNN’s Pamela Brown gives us a peek at the colorful stories told by Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, the closest friends among the justices in the Supreme Court
Nicholas Wapshott’s book “Keynes Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics” chronicles the origins of their theories, their friendship and their effect on us today
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