||[Jul. 13th, 2007|12:13 pm]
The Question Club
Say you were out having a few beers with your friends. You have been friends with these people since high school, you are now all in your mid-twenties. The discussion turns to politics (in the US, mostly). A mutual friend of all of you has passed away in Iraq a few years ago. Most of your friends are very conservative Republican (pro-war, pro-life, anti-welfare, anit-immigration, anti-gun control) and you are quite liberal (anti-war, pro-choice, pro-gun control, and very supportive to those people who are actually in need, and immigrants). The discussion gets pretty heated, and it's obvious that neither side is convincing each other of their opposing views, and instead everyone's just getting upset. You storm out after accusing everyone of not listening to you and spouting off their bill oreily-inspired rhetoric at you instead of actually looking at the facts and what a mess the state of the world is in and forming their own opinions.|
It's the next day now. You're still not sorry for everything you said, and in fact you're a little pissed that you didn't say more to stand up for your opinions. What do you do? Do you call your friends to say you're sorry that you had a fight, but you really feel very strongly about your opinions and you think they're full of shit and you're pissed that they acted in a very disrespectful way to you? Do you just avoid them for a while and hope it all blows over? Or do you do something else i haven't thought of?
ETA: this situation becomes more complicated because said conservative friends are male, i am female. i was told i don't understand what i'm talking about because i'm a chick, and they pretty much ignored me and the other girl who was there who has the same sympathies i do after that. i honestly don't even think they heard the "bill o'reily rhetoric" comment. i said that more to the girl that was there than them, because at that point anything i tried to say was just bulldozed because i just "don't understand" because "women don't have the balls to understand when to be tough".
these friends and i have had political discussions before, and though some of us have different opinions, it's never wound up like this. thanks, though, to everyone who puts their two cents in. i appreciate it.