Okay, so I've debated with myself about blogging this for a week, because it is of a political nature, and I just don't want to open that can of worms here. This situation just really wigged me out.
This is only a part of the conversation:
Person A: I guess they're voting on health care this weekend.
Person B: Yeah, here comes Obamacare. And the complete and total end of America as we know it.
Person A: Yeah, I guess we're all going to be Communists now. Our Chinese communist overlords will be arriving any moment!
Person B: Ha ha-yeah, and, like, Obama's going to welcome them with open arms! Goodbye, freedom!
Person A: Yeah, and I bet this will all somehow undermine all of our marriages at the same time. What I don't get is how Social Security and Medicaid are okay, but anything else makes us comunists-
Person B: But they are not okay. I mean, do you realize that when Social Security was enacted, the age of retirement was five years older than the average life expectancy? It's not supposed to be a retirement plan. Work till you die, people!
Person A: Yeah....
**simultaneous narrowing of eyes**
Person B's inside voice: Holy shit, you think I'm kidding.
Person A's inside voice: Holy shit, you aren't kidding.
I'm mostly sure that we shared this moment of realization, at the end. We changed the subject immediately, and I hope we will never speak of it again, because I am a total chickenshit in the face of this kind of situation. People are so entirely polarized that they speak in rhetoric and absolutes, resulting in anger and name-calling instead of rational debate. I don't even know how to talk about this without venom, so out of respect for other people's right to have opinions, I generally don't talk about it at all, unless Carl and I are spouting off in a self-soothing round of pontification inside our own home.
I'm sure you can figure out which person I am. (Hint:I'm the hedonistic homo-loving commie liberal nutjob who is undermining the fabric of our country because I think that we can probably have socialized health coverage and continue to exist as a capitalist, democratic society, like many other countries around the world.) I won't tell you who the other person is. Suffice it to say, I normally respect this person's point of view all things that are not this, and I still do. This person is a well-informed individual. She believes in evolution and that NCLB was a bad idea for education. I can only assume that she has been brainwashed.
By aliens. Not that there's anything wrong with that. (yes there is)
If this person reads this, I apologize for using a private conversation to illustrate my position. I know that you also now believe that I have been brainwashed by aliens. I hope that we can exist happily in this mutual-disregard-of-political-leanings society, and remain friends. I really do.