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If Gary Johnson Voters Can Tolerate Clinton and Trump Supporters, The Two Groups Can Live With Each Other: New at Reason

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:29
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Supporters of good candidates accept election outcomes, so backers of evil candidates should do the same

J.D. Tuccille writes:

A visiting member of my extended family had to brace himself for the next stop on his trip: Calling on his adult children. He intended to try to rebuild his relationships with them after they’d cut ties over his unpardonable sin: He voted for Trump.

That’s right. Supporters of one major political party’s losing presidential candidate cut off their father because he cast his vote for the other major political party’s winning presidential candidate in last year’s election. This familial cold war is bizarre for at least two reasons:

One, that’s just unbelievably stupid in a democratic political system which necessarily features opposing candidates competing for office all the frigging time. Disagreement is the basis for the system. There’s no way to live a normal life if you cut off contact with even close family members who hold opposing political views.

And two, if a Gary Johnson voter such as myself can overcome the vast divide between my preferred non-evil candidate and the stock villains put forward by the Republicans and Democrats, surely Clinton and Trump supporters can find a way to bridge the moral sidewalk crack that separates them.

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