Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal via Hot Air Headlines about people who refuse to date folks who don’t share their political ideology:
Eight hundred miles from Ms. Davis’s side, in Winston-Salem, N.C., Charles Rawlings is a neurosurgeon, attorney, deep-sea diver and published photographer. Like Ms. Davis, Dr. Rawlings, 53, is from Tennessee, and he is divorced with three children to whom he is devoted. He leads underwater photography expeditions when he isn’t driving his daughter to cheerleading practice and representing patients in medical malpractice cases.
Each time he operates on someone’s brain, he recalls that “84,000 people die each year because of medical malpractice,” he says. He travels widely, yet enjoys the South, where his children “love their town,” he says.
Winston-Salem has offered slim pickings for a liberal thinker who says his new book, “It Really Is That Complicated,” “grabs the reader and propels them through the exotic (and erotic) landscape that is the foundation for male/female relationships.”
The city is “extremely conservative, politically and in its view on life,” he says. There are plenty of eligible women, with one problem: “They could be Miss America or a member of Mensa, but as soon as they say ‘I’m a Republican,’ probably in five minutes we won’t be talking.”
My wife was raised a Democrat and typically cancels out my votes for political office. Funny, though, on some propositions we agree, even though she or I might be bucking the party line. The thing is, she’s not a hard-line dogmatic liberal. I can see how it would be hard to live with someone who was constantly running down the free market, espousing group identity political views in a hostile way, and so forth. But Mrs. P. simply isn’t very political. We agree on a lot of issues, but she pulls the lever for the D and I pull it for the R.
(Does anyone actually pull a lever any more? That would be cool.)
I have to think we’re like a lot of families that way, and I think the world would be a poorer place were it otherwise.
There is more to life than politics. There are shared interests and values. You might like the same music; admire the same principles; have similar attitudes towards what makes a person worthwhile.
And you might think the other person is cute.
It seems to me that it would be a shame to throw all that out the window over politics.
That said, I would have no desire to date Sandra Fluke, were I not married.