Why I believe what I believe

A Madison conservative tries to clear up some misconceptions

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Reflection on piece by Michael Cummins 1/26/2017

I am a strong, die-hard liberal, but after reading Mr. Cummins piece on how conservatives think, I have been swayed somewhat. I found that I truly did not understand how conservatives thought, even though a quarter of my extended family are conservative. Reading this, I realized that not all conservatives are unempathetic monsters (though some probably are), but that they have different views on the role of government. I have always thought that big government was good, as long as it is just, but being just does not necessarily mean it can help everyone. Thanks to this article, I realize that I am not all that different from my brethren on the other side of the aisle. We all have fears and doubts. We wonder what is the best way to go about something when that something is complicated. We disagree, but we are not necessarily enemies. And the thought that we are, is dividing our country. I am glad the Isthmus published this piece because blind hatred is never good, and if we give each other the time and space to share our opinions, we will find commonalities. Of course, that means we have to listen, and if Mr. Cummins does represent most conservatives, then I can say I look forward to healthy discussion. However, I do know that most of the Trump supporters I have encountered, are more likely to insult you then tell you why Trump is good for us. We give them grounds to talk but they attack us personally. God willing that Mr. Cummins speaks for the majority of conservatives and that the Trump supporters that I have encountered are just a minority and not what most conservatives are like. Ad homonin attacks are low blows in debate and if everyone could present like Mr. Cummins, this country would be off to a better place. Thank you.

Alexander McMiller 27 days ago

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