I have friends that are liberal, conservative, libertarian, socialist, libertarian-socialist, anarcho-capitalist, even communist. No one, it seems, is quite sure of what I am. Including me.
The point is politicians are cheap, friendships hard to come by. Don’t let people’s views on political candidates polarize your relationship with them, especially if it’s one that’s been long standing and highly meaningful.
Presidents last four years, eight at the most. They don’t come pick you up late at night at the bar, or console you when your cat dies. Presidents
don’t invest in you, stick up for you, or like your status. Only friends do that.
Who helps you move into a new home, change the oil in your car, or offers to watch your kids for thirty minutes while you reclaim some small fraction of your sanity? I don’t see presidents doing that. Do you?
Do presidents stand up at your wedding? Do presidents lend you five bucks when you forget your wallet? Do presidents bring dinner over? Maybe to their friends, they do. But not to you nor me, so far as I can tell.
We should all be so lucky to have people in our lives we can call our friends. And while you have every right to your political opinion and every reason to want to talk about it, keep all things in perspective. Don’t let the good guys get away.