Opposing Ideological Purity Tests

In the above video, Ana Kasparian and Mike Figueredo of The Young Turks agree with Meghan McCain’s comment that she can’t have a constructive conversation with those who insist that she must agree 100 percent with what they believe. Kasparian and Figueredo comment that when rigid ideologues have these stringent ideological purity tests that they try to impose on others, it shuts off constructive debate on issues and we aren’t able to test out the strengths and weaknesses of ideas or proposals. If you demonize and disdain anyone who doesn’t agree 100% with you, how will you be able to persuade people to support the things you believe in?

I fully agree with McCain, Kasparian, and Figueredo on this. Over the past few decades, the people who have caused the most problems in my life have been people who are intolerant of differing points of view and attacked me for having the audacity to express my views. I’ve had some crazy conflicts with conservative Christians these past few years that I still struggle with. But I’ve encountered this on the Left too. In 2016, I had to leave a few Filipino facebook pages because I got into these crazy debates with leftists who were trying to justify Rodrigo Duterte’s extrajudicial killings. That same year, I had some bad experiences with some Bernie Sanders supporters, even though I tried to tell them that I liked Bernie Sanders and have a deep respect for his integrity.

I don’t judge a friendship based on political affiliation or whether someone agrees with me 100% on my politics. I’m willing to be friends with people of diverse political affiliations of the Left or the Right so long as it is a healthy friendship and not a toxic relationship.

Do I enjoy being in this person’s company? Am I able to relax and be myself, laugh, and express my thoughts freely? Is there honesty, respect and mutual care in my interactions with these individuals, even when we disagree?

Or am I constantly being put down on and personally attacked for having my own tastes and point of view? Do I feel manipulated and harassed, and does that person constantly try to impose their beliefs on me? Am I always walking on egg shells when I’m around this person?

I’ve learned the hard way how damaging it is to my self esteem to be in a toxic friendship or a cult-like group. I strong believe that we can fight for what we believe in while still treating with respect and decency those that we disagree with.

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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