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I first saw it in the news nearly five years ago, this stuff about linking one’s genetic make-up to one’s tendency toward liberalism or conservatism. The idea stuck with me. Do our politics really radiate from our cells?
Virtually all of my dearest friends are liberals. We have lots in common. We laugh together. We commiserate. In many ways, we connect. Unless you count politics, economic theory, and religion, we get along great. I make sure our conversations never get near these topics, but it’s hard to hide it completely. True friendship is rare enough, I say; let’s try to maintain it.
My friends are not dumb people. Most of them are highly educated in both book learnin’ and life. So I can’t just brush them off as “uninformed.” (Although I’m pretty certain they think that of me.) The truth is, I spend much of the day reading things on the Internet and wondering, “How could someone possibly believe this is true? How can someone with a brain agree with that?”
It’s easy for me to believe that Joe Biden is a doofus who doesn’t understand America or middle class living. It’s harder for me to believe the same about my college friends or my relatives. Does anybody else struggle with this? Do you avoid politics with your liberal friends? Do you debate them? Have you converted anyone?