I'm pretty opinionated. That doesn't mean I'm close-minded. This whole country needs to get back to civil conversations on the future of this country. So a few thoughts on how I'd like to see us talk.
If you have a difference in opinion from me, that's fine. I'm a politics geek, and I'm interested in different viewpoints. Show me evidence that my assumptions are wrong, and I'll take a hard look at my policy priorities. If you and I disagree on moral grounds, we'll have to agree to disagree, but I'll hear you out. However - if your argument starts with "But <insert religion here> says it is so", I'm going to stop you right there. America is a county founded on rational thinking and the rule of law. My answer is go read the primary documents by the founders. You'll see how they felt about organized religion and government.
If you want to challenge me to show you why I am so concerned about climate change, great! I have lots of evidence - facts and figures and scientific observations - and I'd be happy to lay it out for someone who has an open mind. I'm pretty convinced by the evidence, but if you have some new evidence, then show me. But be prepared. The evidence I can see is pretty clear.
If you are worried about men dressing as women and sneaking into women's bathrooms because they are perverts, let's talk about your concerns and please let me explain why I think that's not a realistic danger, and why it's important to respect people's gender identity. And notice I said that I think it's not a realistic danger - I didn't say it's not a real fear. Because maybe it is a fear you have, and I'll do my best to put your mind at ease. And I can be compassionate about your very real fears, but I'm going to come down on the side of love when it's time to make policy.
If you think that Obamacare is a bad law, well, we can start by agreeing that there are real problems with it. And I'll try to persuade you that the profit incentive in health insurance is always going to make health care incentive. I'll listen to you if you want to try to persuade me of another way, but don't just hate it because Obama passed it. Keep in mind, however, that I do believe that people are entitled to have medical care - and that doctors take an oath to provide that care. If your policy prescription is to let people that don't buy insurance suffer, we're going to have to agree to disagree.
What do you want to talk about? Guess what? I just added comments! Go for it.