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  • Politics, Business & Social Networking

    14 posts, 12 voices, 669 views, started Nov 2, 2008

    Posted on Sunday, November 2, 2008 by Beverly Mahone

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    • Garnett
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      This political season has its toll on even the best of friendships.  One girlfriend told me she had no idea one of her other friends was adamantly opposed to the candidate she was endorsing.  She said it broke her heart because of the vicious things she has been spreading through emails.

      Have you found yourself in a position where you discovered someone you respect and admire doesn't share your same political views?  It can be a tough situation.  It can be even more challenging when you are trying to build online relationships.  I have, personally, found myself in the same situation.  I've actually lost connections because of my particular political views and I have also cut ties with others who have displayed an angry, bitter tone about my candidate.

      So what is the best way to handle online relationships when it comes to politics?  Do you choose not to associate with people because of their views or can you separate the two when it comes to business and social networking?



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • Thanks for bringing this up, Bev. I wrote a blog a couple of months ago about a friend who is on the opposite end as I am politically but we both know that and it has never affected our friendship. But, she felt compelled to ask me who I was voting for. I really didn’t want to get into it and kept telling her we should not have that discussion but she just insisted.

          The world is made up of people from all walks of life, faiths, political views, etc. When we see something in someone we can admire and respect I just choose to cling to that aspect of a person. My only criteria is, are you a good person? Do you have a kind heart? Are you honest and have integrity? The rest I leave alone.

          Each 4 years we the American people have an opportunity to either elect a new president or keep the existing one in office for a second term.

          Friendships, however, now those can last a lifetime!

          Thanks again for the topic!



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          Yana Berlin wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • On line or off line we all have to respect each other regardless of our political views.  

          Just because someone doesn’t share our political views doesn’t make them any less intelligent then we are.

          We come in all shapes and size, some of us are quite, some are loud and opinionated, some are smart, some are funny, some are stubborn, some are kind and generous and some are more creative, some are passionate, what ever the traits our friends have on line or off line we love them for who we are and hopefully not for who we vote for.

          PLEASE let’s not loose sight of that.



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          Beverly Mahone wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • Chocolatier said...

          “When we see something in someone we can admire and respect I just choose to cling to that aspect of a person. My only criteria is, are you a good person? Do you have a kind heart? Are you honest and have integrity? The rest I leave alone.”

          THAT SUMS IT UP FOR ME...Thanks for making that point—-but sadly, there are too many folks who don’t or just REFUSE to see it that way.



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          Gwendolyn007 wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • I am very sad as two people on this site have decided to leave for a while because of this political campaign (Obama vs McCain) & a few bad apples attacking them for their political views.  It is a shame that these women who are attacking, cannot accept & respect other women’s views.  It should not be tolerated.  I fear more women will be leaving this site.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • It’s just my hope that at some point they will decide to come back and just hang on the fringe for awhile, feel comfortable again and dive back in when they‘re ready. I know they will be welcomed with open arms.



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          Mztracy wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • My dad and i are on opposites sides. We always joke, that if my dog chance ran for office and was a republican, he would get me dad’s vote.  

          I try not to hurt feelings, etc. But sometimes the ‘filter’ does not work right and i may say/type stupid things. But, I will always admit it and/or apologise for it. On the same note, if I feel attacked I will voice that as well.  

          If a discussion gets out of hand, there is always the option of not reading it anymore. Been there done that.  

          love and light ladies



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          Gwendolyn007 wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • Some of my thoughts.....My best friend is a democrat.  Always has been as I have always been a republican.  We will be friends until the day we die (hope that is very far away).  I love her no matter what & vice versa.  Same as my parents (mom is a democrat & dad is a republican).  I respect all their views & they do the same for me.  I have done my research & I am a smart woman, just as all the rest of you.  You cannot force anyone to believe in what you do, you can only respectfully share your thoughts & knowledge.  Free will is a gift we all have in common.



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          Rachael Sudul wrote Nov 2, 2008
        • Like anything else in life... if you can’t handle the answer, don’t ask the question. I have PLENTY of great friends who are voting the opposite way I am and they have very powerful reasons I wouldn’t dream of downplaying or getting upset about. If you want to talk politics or religion all parties need to check their emotions at the door and have a factual discussion and debate. It’s the only way you can maintain a friendship and keep an open mind to a different viewpoint. If it’s clouded with emotion, you can’t see the same issue from a different perspective. And just because you “visit” a different perspective doesn’t mean you have to “live” there.



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