Earlier this week Kamel and I had a discussion about how we stand politically. We talk about specific issues all of the time, we talk about how we wish things would go, who we think is a moron, which fox-n-friends ass hat is being more inflammatory, how we would fix the immigration issue, what we think about gun control, etc etc etc. But, identifying as a liberal, a democrat, a conservative, a republican, etc etc and on what level each of us stands is a much more complicated conversation.
As I talked about in this post, everything surrounding politics and policy is incredibly divisive. Everything is an extreme, even to proclaim yourself to be leaning in one direction or another. In my mind you can be liberal, but not wholly a democrat, you can be republican leaning but not necessarily socially conservative. Who I vote for doesn’t necessarily equal the full scope of what I believe is the right way to function socially or politically.
So, I’m curious – how do you identify? Does it make you uncomfortable to place a political label on yourself? Does one way of talking about this seem easier than the other? Do you feel like declaring yourself to be with one political party over another is more or less stressful nowadays than in the past? And – are you politically aligned with your partner? Your family? What does that mean for your relationships?