Having Conservative Friends in the Age of Trump

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”.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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