@OhhJim and @HMSGoose
First off, I tots want that badge!!!
Second, we all have confirmation bias. I think this election in particular really showed that. We are not rational creatures. We pick a side and cheer for it until the death. It's really destructive for us all. For me, personally, I have found politics this last cycle grueling because I live with a Trump supporter. I feel like what is happening to polarize the country is tearing us apart. I have been committed to trying to find other ways to talk, other ways to listen.
The other side feels we are just as irrational, and we are. Obama, man, when he came into office I was so lukewarm on him. But over time I really came to like him, but then, did he just become my team? I mean, there were some real policy issues that he championed.
I need to see how we can cross the divide and start to take other people's concerns seriously. I don't like Trump but the people I know who do are not stupid. I'm tired of all the put downs. And we are driving people into their racist/sexist bubbles with how we are engaging from this need to always be right.
I was brought up seeing conversation as a way of winning, of being right, of making someone see my side. And it's not working. I wish I had all the answers, I feel like I am learning some ideas to explore. I know I can't ignore this other side of the media that doesn't seem to speak to me. I've got to somehow make friends with it and see what is attractive about it.