As I consider measures to promote civility on this blog, let me relate some thoughts about a friend of mine, a left-wing lesbian who often offers tart political commentary on Facebook, including links lambasting Republicans in general and the party’s leading figures in particular. (Some are based on outdated ideas and inaccurate reports.)
Had I just seen her political Facebook posts — without knowing her personally — I wouldn’t consider her worthy of my time. Fortunately, I’ve known her almost as long as I’ve been in LA. She has a great story to tell and is a good person to know. She is more than her politics. And she’s a good friend.
To our conservative readers, bear that in mind when you read a liberal critique of one of my posts — that there is more to these readers than their liberal commentary. And to our liberal readers, bear that in mind when you read my posts — and those of our defenders. There is more to us than our politics — and we tend our views with the same conviction you do, not out of any animus for our adversaries, but because of our confidence in their efficacity.
We are all of us, well, most of us at least, more than our politics. There is many a good person, bigger than his politics, concealed beneath a political persona.