RACQUETBALL PARTNERS; GOING TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET

It struck me that I left out in my last post the mean-spirited attitudes Nicholas Kristof, the New York Times columnist, learned when he got responses to his readers from both sides of our divided citizens.

He states “When I write about people struggling with addictions or homeless, liberals exude sympathy while conservatives respond with snarling hostility to losers who make ‘bad choices.’

“When I write about voters who supported President Trump, it’s the reverse: Now it’s liberals who respond with venom, hoping that Trump voters suffer for their bad choice.

“’I absolutely despise these people,’ one woman tweeted at me after I interviewed Trump voters. ‘Truly the worst of humanity. To hell with every one of them.” (NY Times 4/6/17).

Getting into the fear and anger among highly polarized political party members may call for one-on-one bonding. Shouting and judging from a distance seldom brings hyper beings together. I have four racquetball partners with whom I’ve played for twenty years. They voted for Trump but I didn’t. We stopped talking politics during our coffee times after our games. The only way I found to continue to stay with them was to run deep with our ire and anxieties, one at a time. We’re tribal peoples, whether we belong to congregations, social clubs, sports teams, co-workers or extended families, we are unlikely to divulge what we truly feel about our politics during this time.

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