This is my first post (after two years of membership) and I need help. Most of us have liberal friends and loved ones. Some we engage on political and economic issues, some not. Friendships are preserved (or not) and love remains unconditional. This is just a fact of life. We deal with it.
My challenge is in the opposite direction. I have several close relatives and a friend who have given up all optimism and perhaps even hope itself. They are convinced that if Obama is reelected this will be the last election this country ever has. Based on this assumption, they act accordingly (food hoarding, etc.).
Every e-mail that flies their way detailing the latest perceived government or Obama power grab is taken as gospel. These emails usually start, “This is really scary…did you see what Obama…” You know the type. A kernel of truth is used to create “Seven Days in May” hysteria.
My own beliefs parallel Ricochet’s own Dave Carter and my economic thinking tends towards Café Hayek, John Taylor, Arnold Kling and so on. I believe that James Bowman is an undiscovered star among conservative thinkers. I’m a retired Navy Officer and a graduate of VMI. Not exactly the stuff of the left. Yet if I even suggest that perhaps some critical thinking be applied to whatever the latest internet rumor is, I’m treated at best as a naïve child, and at worst as some kind of traitor.
The rule of no religion or politics with friends and relatives is falling apart, as these folks are more and more consumed with the idea of the end of the country as we know it. One is even nearing physical and mental exhaustion as he prepares for the end. Has anyone here had this experience? How do I get my friends and relatives to become “happy” warriors as Jonah Goldberg would say?