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To My Old Friend Who Abandoned
Me Over Politics

American Greatness, by Jennifer Polk

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Posted By:earlybird, 6/15/2017 3:02:47 PM

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

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.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: trapper, 6/15/2017 3:10:47 PM     (No. 11287449)

She was never much of a friend in the first place. You are just finding that out now. No loss.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 6/15/2017 3:11:21 PM     (No. 11287450)

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.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pithy_opiner, 6/15/2017 3:11:54 PM     (No. 11287451)

Maybe she wasn´t that real friend you thought she was......

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Reply 4 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 6/15/2017 3:20:05 PM     (No. 11287462)

I hope she reconsiders and sends this to her former friend. It not only needed to be said - which she did with quiet dignity and reflection, but it needs to go viral.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BillW., 6/15/2017 3:24:09 PM     (No. 11287467)

Been there, done that. Dropped several long-time friends who fell for the Magic Negro.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: droopydog, 6/15/2017 3:30:24 PM     (No. 11287469)

I feel Ms. Polk´s pain.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: skedaddle, 6/15/2017 3:32:02 PM     (No. 11287470)

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.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 6/15/2017 3:35:54 PM     (No. 11287472)

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.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: planetgeo, 6/15/2017 3:36:39 PM     (No. 11287473)

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.".

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Reply 10 - Posted by: rocket-j-squirrel, 6/15/2017 3:54:47 PM     (No. 11287496)

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.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 6/15/2017 3:55:12 PM     (No. 11287497)

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.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: stablemoney, 6/15/2017 4:01:17 PM     (No. 11287507)

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.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JHHolliday, 6/15/2017 4:17:22 PM     (No. 11287527)

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.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: peasantnumberthree, 6/15/2017 4:24:54 PM     (No. 11287535)

Agree with #3 - not really a good friend to start with.

The way I look at it, life experiences reveal what´s inside a person. Events chip away the facades and reveal the truth. Painful though it may be...

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Reply 15 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 6/15/2017 4:30:21 PM     (No. 11287543)

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.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: zoidberg, 6/15/2017 4:47:56 PM     (No. 11287570)

Joan Jett said it well:

You don´t lose when you lose fake friends.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Tegan, 6/15/2017 4:56:42 PM     (No. 11287579)

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.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: JMEGrammy, 6/15/2017 4:57:13 PM     (No. 11287581)

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...

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Reply 19 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 6/15/2017 4:58:44 PM     (No. 11287584)

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.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: chumley, 6/15/2017 5:13:20 PM     (No. 11287596)

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.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Italiano, 6/15/2017 5:28:55 PM     (No. 11287609)

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.

Life´s too short.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Yorkiemom, 6/15/2017 5:38:22 PM     (No. 11287614)

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.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: franq, 6/15/2017 5:51:53 PM     (No. 11287623)

"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"
Amos 3:3

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Reply 24 - Posted by: toodles3956, 6/15/2017 6:49:25 PM     (No. 11287692)

I was unfriended too but I didn´t care because I didn´t like her before the election.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: chance_232, 6/15/2017 8:04:25 PM     (No. 11287783)

I lost friends after Bush vs Gore. Since then, I just avoid liberals in general.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: coldoc, 6/15/2017 8:28:48 PM     (No. 11287806)

I have had similar experiences, and come to the conclusion that people who espouse liberal policies and politics are not friend worthy.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: HedgehogInOz, 6/15/2017 10:45:40 PM     (No. 11287958)

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.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Ozwestie, 6/16/2017 12:27:57 AM     (No. 11288018)

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.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: sanddollar, 6/17/2017 11:05:14 AM     (No. 11289478)

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.

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Posted By: Flipper3- 6/21/2017 9:59:07 PM     Post Reply
Illinois is like Venezuela now, a fiscally broken state that has lost its will to live, although for the moment, we still have enough toilet paper. But before we run out of the essentials, let´s finally admit that after decade upon decade of taxing and spending and borrowing, Illinois has finally run out of other people´s money. Those "other people" include taxpayers who´ve abandoned the state. And now Illinois faces doomsday. So as the politicians meet in Springfield this week for another round of posturing and gesturing and blaming, we need a plan.

Trump wants to ban immigrants from accessing
welfare within five years of entering the US

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Daily Mail [UK], by Iain Burns & Associated Press    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/22/2017 7:23:24 AM     Post Reply
President Donald Trump has said he will pursue legislation that would bar immigrants from being eligible for welfare for at least five years. At a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last night he said ´the time has come´ for ´new immigration rules´ that would require those seeking admission to the country to be able to support themselves financially and would bar the use of welfare for a period of at least five years. He said his administration would be ´putting in legislation to that effect very shortly.´ It is unclear, however, how Trump´s proposal would change the current situation.

Bowe Bergdahl´s lawyers want to know
if potential jurors voted for Trump

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Washington Examiner, by Josh Siegel    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 6/22/2017 7:44:57 AM     Post Reply
Attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl want to ask potential jurors in a court-martial for their views on President Trump and whether they voted for him, according to news reports Wednesday. At a pretrial hearing Wednesday, Berdahl´s lawyers submitted the questions to the judge in the case, out of concern that jurors may be swayed by negative comments Trump made in the presidential campaign about the soldier. "The principal issue has to do with ensuring we are able to identify people who have been nominated to be on the court-martial panel — the jury — who are not in a

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