Dear X, You and I had a sweet friendship: we raised children and discussed husbands together; we traded perennials and casseroles in times of need; we visited one another in funeral homes, hospitals and churches; we met one another’s families; we babysat and cleaned and laughed and cried together. (Snip)When you unfriended me from Facebook, I cared not. But you also unfriended me from your life. That hurt deeply and it still does. Even though I never supported him until it came time to vote, you unfriended me because I spoke in Donald Trump’s defense one too many times--while you
Comments: The writer voted for Donald Trump. Her ex-friend supports the Democrats, so she dumped the writer. In detailed, graphic form, the writer questions “why?” this longtime good friend could support a party like the Dems. Good question many of us have asked.
If someone is so hateful that his or her support of Hillary makes them unfriend a Trump supporter then that Trump supporter can consider themselves lucky despite what might have transpired in the past. I´m sure Hodgkinson must have felt the same way about his Trump supporting friends, assuming he had friends to begin with.
I was the one who dropped two friends in 2008 because they couldn´t agree to disagree. Looking back now I can see that I´d always been the one who kept my views quieter or tamped down. It seemed like a small thing at the time because who wants to ruin a friends outing but I see now that to be friends with those people, I had to be someone I wasn´t. Should have dropped them years ago.
Mine is ancient history compared to you guys, but I lost a dear friend over Bill Clinton, also a not-so-dear ex-roommate from college who was offended about a Clinton ankle-warmer joke. Turns out, the assessment of ´not that good a friend´ turns out to be fact.
Some people only learn late in life that "friends" are not the same thing as "acquaintances of convenience." Friends are for life. Acquaintances of convenience disappear when the circumstances of convenience disappear. Like what? Living next door. Working together. Same leisure pursuits. etc. Some of those circumstances last a long time. They look, feel, and sound like "friendship." That´s not always the case.
And sometimes the circumstances that change everything involve finding out one´s true political, religious, or ethical feelings.
Congratulations...you found out you were "unacquaintanced," NOT "unfriended.".
Ms squirrel has a plaque in her kitchen with the saying, ´´A friend is not a feller taken in by sham. A friend knows all our faults and doesn´t give a damn.´´ Ergo, I agree with #9. I´ve had more acquaintances than true friends, of whom I cherish as life´s treasure worth keeping and worth all I can do to support their efforts in life.
I think part of the problem is Facebook. I realize that it allows people to keep in touch, but that is all it should be. Facebook has the same problem as other electronic communication: You can´t really "read" a person or get the nuances of what they mean to say. "Friend" and "un-Friend" are artificial constructs in the Facebook world.
Take your "friend" out for coffee or a beer. Don´t let Jeff Zuckerberg define your relationships.
It goes much farther than politics. It is the whole view of life. The leftists do not have the word responsibility, accountability, and paying for it, in their vocabulary. This has led to my breaking off relations with members of my own family. I do not get up in the morning to spend the day on other people´s problems. I have my own to deal with.
I have a gay daughter. Way too liberal for me by we see each other infrequently and know not to discuss politics. Another relative leans left but we have common ground...like me, he thinks that global warming is a hoax and scam.
That said, I have no liberal friends. I simply cannot respect anyone who would vote for Hillary Clinton or any Democrat for that matter. I am always polite but they will never be my friend.
I cannot stand to spend time with people that despise the very essence of who I am, therefore I´ve cut ties with anyone who could vote for the loathsome people that populate the Democrats and their leadership. They are destroying the USA without conscience.
Very therapeutic to read above stories. Had a "before birth" friend (meaning our parents were pregnant at the same time and were friends)...went from first grade through high school together...was in her wedding. But she couldn´t let go her hatred of President Bush, constantly shoving it my face even though I asked her to respect my views, and it destroyed a friendship of 50 years. I´m very certainly she hates President Trump even more and is even more unhinged. I choose not to be around such people anymore...they had absolutely nothing to my life.
My oldest daughter hinted I hated Obama because of racism. Since then we do NOT discuss politics. Her and my oldest granddaughter can´t believe I like Trump... it´s even harder when your own family members turn on you...
I was discussing something like this with my closest friend just the other day. It seems like the world is breaking off into sane and insane. For example, those with a fanatical belief in an economic fallacy (socialism) are insane, those who bought into Obama - insane, those who believe islam is a religion - right you are. The list went on but you get the idea.
I too have lost several friends over the political idiocy of the last decade. I do feel a genuine sense of loss. We had far more in common than differences. We all had a lot of good times together and held each other up during bad times. We made a point of not discussing politics and that was fine. Lots of other more important things to talk about. Now, when I feel like torturing myself I look at their internet postings and wonder how they descended into such insanity. Thats not an exaggeration. I´m not going to say the love wasn´t real. It certainly was. Maybe it had just run its course and the crooked politics was just the trigger. I do know my life is much less full without them.
I cut all liberal ties, except for a few casual non-zealots, and never looked back. We get along fine because we agree that nobody in government in either party gives a damn about any of us. Why fight?
Still, last year I challenged each of them to name one thing that Hillary Clinton ever touched that she didn´t completely screw up (I used a different term). They previously gave up on listing accomplishments. I´m still waiting.
I guess I am lucky because my liberal friends and family members are civil. We have discussed politics at times, but pretty much agree to disagree because neither side will change their minds. That´s why I hate to see either side come so unglued that they would condone a shooting such as happened yesterday. Hatred doesn´t solve anything.
I have no interest whatsoever in being friends with leftists. They are destroying our way of life, even if they are just vocally supporting it. They are destroying Western Civilisation, and so they have made themselves my enemy. They are the ones that are trying, as Obama said, to fundamentally change the best nation that has ever existed on Earth. Unfortunately I believe we have civil war on the horizon. And we are not the instigators. Look at Atifa. Look at the rioting that occurred around Trump´s inauguration. All we did was to have the audacity to win an election, and that in the face of all their cheating. They have started war against us. The article is sad, though, because I think a lot of women in particular are effected by the divide, as women have traditionally relied on each other for community and support as they raise their children. Many of their friendships began long before politics became so all-encompassing and nasty. Having had no children and also having moved several times, small town to large city to another country, I haven´t had the long-term, community sort of relationships with other women. Since I finally settled somewhere I seek out conservatives, whether male or female, for friendship. My husband still tries to have friendships with leftists and I watch him struggle and have arguments and fallings out. I really just can´t be bothered.
I keep my FB page politics free but I have unfriended one person (who is white) when he changed his profile pic to Obama and started posting pics of himself in BLM t-shirts and his 9 year old daughter in a "pussy" hat after the election. I have unfollowed two others so I don´t have to see the c$@p and fake news they post on their FB pages. It´s sad really to find out that people you like are nuts.
I lost a college friend over President George W. Bush. She lives two times zones away and called me one night and went on a rant about her Bush hatred. It was so emotional that I had to just hang up on her and I have never heard from her again. I don´t even remember bringing up politics.
I find anymore the safest route is to only discuss politics with people that share my views. Family gatherings I talk about relatives, sports and other safe topics.
I have never seen such hatred and hysteria over politics except during the Vietnam War. I hope we are not returning to that level of violence.
Almost everything about the Charlottesville riot was disgraceful except the conduct of the president. The move to take down the statue of General Robert E. Lee was nonsense. Lee has few rivals as the greatest general in American history (Grant, Sherman, MacArthur, and Eisenhower perhaps). He opposed the secession of Virginia from the Union but, as was common in the South then (and has not entirely died out in any region of the United States today),believed he owed his first loyalty to his state over the United States. He was less dedicated to the virtues of slavery than was Charlottesville’s
One of the FBI´s top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year´s presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News. The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. Just last week, news surfaced that Mueller´s team had executed a search warrant at the Virginia home of Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. And the week before that ABC News confirmed Mueller is now using a
On July 20, Capt. Brett DeVries of the Michigan Air National Guard was forced to land his A-10 Warthog with the landing gear up and no canopy after the aircraft´s gun malfunctioned, wreaking havoc on systems across the entire plane. The belly landing took place at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in northern Michigan. DeVries, an A-10 pilot with the 107th Fighter Squadron stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base just north of Detroit, was able to safely exit the aircraft after the emergency landing, and no injuries resulted from the incident. DeVries and fellow airmen from the 107th, known
What a horrible thing to see on national television a man have his ethnicity called into question because he happens to subscribe to a different political viewpoint than others. This kind of thing isn’t American. It is an example of the kind of group-think tyranny that every single totalitarian monstrosity throughout human history was built upon. Donald Trump had more black Americans vote for him than either Mitt Romney or John McCain and yet this CNN panel appears to suggest all those people are not “authentic” members of the black community. It is a dangerously narrow step between this and shipping people
To Removers of Monuments Those impassive, silent guardians – will their gaze no longer shame you? Have they been forever banished? Are you sure? Can you finally stroll in comfort streets bereft of all reminders? Is their valor gone, as if it never were? Spiteful children! Did it gall you that someone so loved, respected these, Enough to raise their monuments on high— And you know you’ve never earned any respect, and never will, And your blog will be deleted when you die? (Snip)Should President Trump be faulted for his response to the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia? In the aftermath
The short shelf life of Charlottesville surprised me. On Sunday, I advised readers to hang in there, but I am pleased that the attempt to associate all Trump supporters with a crazy driver from Ohio failed quicker than I thought. This is another sign that the media has no power, and the Democratic Party has no plan. Well, no power where it counts, and no plan that will work. (map) The media wants to keep this dead-end story alive, just as it wants to keep the Russian nothingburger going. Reporters are demanding the president visit Charlottesville.
UPDATE: 10:05pm With 68% of precincts reporting it looks like ?Roy Moore (40.6%) and ?Luther Strange (32%) will be headed into a runoff. The Alabama Polls closed at 8:00pm Eastern. The top three republican candidates are Luther Strange, Mo Brooks and Roy Moore. If no candidate can get over 50% there will be a runoff.Luther Strange is the GOPe preferred candidate heavily supported by Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove using multi-millions and heavy-handed threats. Mr. Mo Brooks was a controversial former Cruz supporter, supported by the House Freedom Caucus, who railed against Trump and then switched to Pro-Trump during this
The Daily Caller is reporting that Hope Hicks will be named as Communications Director. Most people familiar with the 2015 campaign origin will remember Hope Hicks as one of the very original members of the small campaign team. (Via Daily Caller) Hope Hicks will be named the new White House communications director, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. President Trump has offered the job to Hicks and she has accepted the position, according to a White House insider. Hicks has been close by Trump’s side since the early days of the campaign and is one of his most trusted staffers.
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and about 30 other protesters were arrested Tuesday outside the White House during a rally commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Gutiérrez, a vocal advocate for immigrant rights, was arrested after he and other protesters sat on the White House sidewalk. The rally was being held at Lafayette Square across Pennsylvania Avenue. (Snip)Gutiérrez has been arrested outside the White House twice before, in 2010 and 2011, in similar protests. He was also arrested at a Chicago Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in March, where he was protesting deportations of DACA program
The long knives are out for Steve Bannon. Again. Or maybe it’s still. Every month the media narrative pits the president’s Chief Strategist against some other member of his inner circle.(Snip) NPR’s Morning Edition asked me to join them to discuss the debate going on in the White House because of my relationship with Bannon. My answer was simple: he’s a principled and tenacious former Naval officer who wants to advance Donald Trump’s agenda. And if there’s a debate, it should be about how best to implement that agenda. You can listen to that interview here:
Over the deserts of New Mexico, the U.S. Air Force is kicking the tires on four light aircraft, one of which will almost certainly end up being the service´s next light attack aircraft. The Textron Scorpion, Hawker Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, Sierra Nevada A-29, and Air Tractor AT-802U are all being tested at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico in simulated missions from convoy escort to supporting friendly ground troops in contact. Here´s a video of the three planes undergoing testing: (Video)The program, known as the Light Attack Experiment, is basically a fly-off between the four planes to determine which best fits
Every sane person in the country has denounced the ?violence and bigotry displayed in Charlottesville over the weekend weekend, and President Trump has done so forcefully and repeatedly. I’ve been in the conservative movement for more than 30 years and have never once met or associated with a white supremacist. (Snip) Conservatives stand for equality of opportunity, equal justice under the law, and a colorblind society. We also believe in results, not intentions. Liberals tend to have horrible results with their good intentions when it comes to economic policy, especially as it pertains to black Americans. Polls show consistently that what
Fox News´s Kat Timpf slammed President Trump on Tuesday for his "disgusting" press conference in which he again blamed "both sides" for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, stepping back from his direct condemnation of white supremacist groups a day earlier. "It was one of the biggest messes I’ve ever seen. I can’t believe it happened," said Timpf, a co-host of “The Fox News Specialists.” “It is honestly crazy for me to have to comment on this right now because I’m still in the phase where I am wondering if it was actually real life —
The president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing has resigned from President Trump´s American Manufacturing Council, making him the fifth business leader to do so. “I’m resigning from the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative because it´s the right thing for me to do,” Scott Paul tweeted Tuesday. (Snip) Paul´s exit comes amid backlash over the president´s response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. Paul is joining Kenneth Frazier, the CEO of major pharmaceutical company Merck; Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour; and Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, who all resigned from the president’s
Mitt Romney fired back at President Trump for saying “both sides” were responsible for violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend, claiming that the two clashing groups were more “morally different universes.” “No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes,” Romney tweeted Tuesday. (Tweet) Romney was responding to Trump’s comments Tuesday that “both sides” were to blame for the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday. Trump drew fire for saying Saturday that "many sides" were to blame for the violence at the
A crowd of ignorant protesters pulled down a bronze Confederate statue that stood before a county government building in Durham, North Carolina — the angry national backlash to the Charlottesville brouhaha over the Robert E. Lee monument. This is not how civil societies operate. And yet this is what the left has brought, and now cheers. What’s next — burning books with offensive content? Burning books written by those who used to own slaves? At the very least, museums will have to go. The problem with revising history based on a standard of “feeling offensive” — as this anti-Confederate craze is rooted — is that someone,
President Trump should have left well enough alone. His Monday denunciation of costumed sheet-wearers and Nazi wanna-bes could have cleared the way for Americans of all stripes to focus their outrage on things that matter more than presidential words. That would be the violence that is infecting our politics and the frightening acceptance of it as the new normal. But Trump’s defiance yesterday is sure to keep the media pot boiling over his rhetoric instead of an ominous reality. Namely, that real protestors don’t carry baseball bats, crowbars and mace. Yet Saturday’s bloody clash in Charlottesville showed that many on
Former presidential candidate and current Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich may be moving closer to mounting a primary challenge against President Trump in the 2020 election. Sources close to Kasich told Willie Geist of the "Today Show" there is growing a sense of "moral imperative" to run against Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020 following his controversial statements on the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va. (Tweet) Kasich has long been critical of Trump. On Tuesday, Kasich criticized Trump´s Charlottesville comments, saying "there is no moral equivalency to Nazi sympathizers" following Trump´s tumultuous press conference. Kasich, who lost to Trump
Some House Democrats renewed calls for Congress to impeach President Trump on Tuesday after he resorted to blaming "both sides´ for a violent rally in Charlottesville, Va., this past weekend organized by white nationalist groups. "POTUS is showing signs of erratic behavior and mental instability that place the country in grave danger," said Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., in a tweet Tuesday night. "Time to invoke the 25th Amendment." (Tweet) Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., also called on Republicans to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump. "As we once again hear Donald J. Trump defend those responsible for the deadly riot in Charlottesville
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has weighed in on the weekend´s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, castigating Donald Trump without naming him. ´We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred. There are no good neo-nazis,´ McConnell said in a statement. The choice of words, while careful, appeared to push back against Trump´s claim on Tuesday that some ´very fine people´ were among a crowd of white supremacists who rallied in the college town. McConnell´s wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, stood next to Trump on Tuesday as he insisted both sides of the weekend´s clash bore some responsibility for
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina warned President Trump on Wednesday that his “words are dividing Americans, not healing them” in the wake of the bloody clashes in Virginia that has sparked a national conversation about white supremacists and race. Mr. Graham also vowed that Republicans will “fight back against the idea that the party of Lincoln has a welcome mat out for the David Dukes of the world.” “Through his statements yesterday, President Trump took a step backward by again suggesting there is moral equivalency between the white supremacist neo-Nazis and KKK members who attended the Charlottesville rally and people like
Trump ignited a political firestorm yesterday during an impromptu press conference in which he said there was "blame on both sides" for the tragic events that occurred in Charlottesville over the weekend. Now, the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based "public relations firm specializing in innovative events" to serve as agitators in counterprotests. The ad was posted by a company called "Crowds on Demand" and offered $25 per hour to "actors and photographers"
Former RNC chair Michael Steele says there is no other conclusion to be drawn: President Donald Trump is a racist. Speaking on the Steele & Ungar show — which airs on Sirius XM’s POTUS channel — the former RNC head blasted Trump’s response to Charlottesville. “This playing to the – it’s not even baser instincts. This is just raw, ugly, racism and hatred,” Steele said. “What, for votes? And so this is the Frankenstein monster that’s been created from a campaign that gave license to that.” Co-host Rick Ungar mentioned that a listener sent him an email asking if Steele thinks Trump
Fox News viewers were livid after Dana Perino—long suspected to be someone, like Megyn Kelly, who cares more about the opinions of elites in New York and D.C. than Fox News’ viewers—smeared Breitbart News as a site for Nazis on Monday. It seems like the vapid Fox News host knows less about Breitbart News and the alt-right/new right than the Cuban Missile Crisis, which is saying quite a lot. Perino lashed out at President Donald Trump on The Five for allowing Nazis and the alt-right to seek “safe harbor under his wing” before adding that “the