Several high school classmates are “friends” on Facebook. A couple are Koolaide soaked (p)regressives. They are intelligent women with Master Degrees, who have, and still do, put their asses on the line for what they believe in. We respectfully agree to disagree.
What bothers me is they accept what they read on Daily Kos, Huffington Post, and other left-wing outlets uncritically. When I comment on some of their more inane Facebook postings, my comments usually include a link to the information I use to refute them. The comment section soon fills with shrill left-wing rants, as in, how dare you question this?
Being retired gives me free time, and the Internet gives me access, to vast amounts of knowledge and opinions. Since the President I most admire is Theodore Roosevelt, most of my reading is of the conservative, libertarian, and populist nature. If you look at the blogs I follow, you won’t find any that a (p)regressive will read.
Something that pops out is the same dogmatic, shrill, “I’m, right, you are wrong”, mindset in a lot of stuff from the “Right”. Not as much as the “Left”, but it is there.
My approach is to research, to verify, what I read before I accept it blindly. Life has taught me there is always more than one side to an issue, that I seldom have all the facts, and the best I can hope for is a somewhat intelligent and informed opinion.
What I believe, and have said in past blogs, is that you can’t spend all your time with people who believe as you do, if you want to change anything. Of course, there are those times when I just don’t give a shit. YMMV