I have friends and children who do not share my political views, but we agree to disagree on those.
We do have discussions, but nothing is taken personally and politics is just a part of life, there is much more to be friends about than there are differences. I hope you will find yourself with some of your old friends again when you get a chance. Maybe a little maturity in them will help. In your case I know maturity was escalated with the time you have spent with your husband and his service overseas and in Iraq.
As for me, I've had 69 years to mature and if I haven't by now........

Posted by Ruth H at February 7, 2006 08:24 PM

Hey, look at me starting trouble.

Not like I'm entitled to any answers about your personal life, Sarah, but I'm curious about whether you'd consider a person with my views to be beyond the pale as a potential friend. I don't think I'm hostile to the military; far from it. Heck, I had a very pleasant dinner the other night where I was sitting next to a retired Army general. On the other side of him was a former Sec. Def. I agreed with nearly everything they said. On the other hand, I think that the invasion of Iraq was a bad idea in the abstract that became a disaster due to bad planning. The military itself seems to have done as good of a job of executing this lousy plan as anyone could hope, but with some notable exceptions, e.g., Abu Ghraib. I'm curious whether those negative points make me hostile to the military in your book, if not mine.

Posted by Pericles at February 7, 2006 11:48 PM

I recall the Gipper once said that he didn't leave the Democratic Party; the Party left him. Perhaps that may be a more accurate assessment of your relationship to, for example, your maid of honor?

But what is a true friend, but one who stands beside you in times of trouble?

Posted by Jim Shawley at February 9, 2006 03:43 AM

You use your taxpayer-supported commissary privileges to buy goods for a nonmilitary foreign national?

Posted by Question at February 20, 2006 06:30 PM

(sigh) you're wrong. The quote that angers you refers to the tireless efforts of countless Islamic groups that are mainstream and moderate and try to tell the world this, over and over. But that doesn't make the news, and suckers just take the most extreme behaviour that is on the news and spoonfed to them daily and say "that represents all of Islam". The suckers say "spoonfeed me more!" and they are not disappointed.

Try to grok all the Islamic organizations decry terrorism every chance they get.

Posted by question at February 23, 2006 05:52 PM