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Some days I want to whack my friends on the side of the head

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I love my friends.

Most of them lean toward Democratic or Progressive idealologies. But geez, I am seeing an extraordinary amount of spewing of self-righteous, elitist anger against the oppositional ideologies they have grabbed onto like rabid dogs: sexism, homophobia, racism, etc.

Of course we don't want to support those things, but when you block out the rest of the picture, you only reward yourself with a gravely distorted view. Just like the holier-than-thou anti-abortionists.

I'll say it again, just in case that passed by you: Just like the holier-than-thou anti-abortionists.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

- Aristotle

People don't vote FOR social prejudices any more than they vote FOR killing babies. There are a few more nuances going on here.

Both sides of the current post election debate are holding on blindly to their self-righteous sliver of perspective without any willingness to entertain the possibility that someone could have a different, yet still valid, viewpoint.

There are 359 other degrees of perspective out there. Try one.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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I'm appreciative of OEN contributor KV Ramani's posting of a vitally important Quicklink, I'm a Muslim, a woman and an immigrant: I voted for Trump.

The author, Asra Q. Nomani, is a former Wall Street Journal reporter and a co-founder of the Muslim Reform Movement.

Nomani's thoughts, in part, include these:

I most certainly reject the trifecta of "hatred/division/ignorance." I support the Democratic Party's position on abortion, same-sex marriage and climate change.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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