The courageous interviewees in this book have willingly related the negative and sometimes overbearing reactions when they have voiced their opinions. Friendships have been terminated, family relationships have become fractured, and people now associate with only those who are harmonious politically.
The one common solution has been to avoid discussions of matters of state, but this leads only to more polarization.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THESE INTERVIEWS?
Why are we so afraid to speak our minds when politics becomes the topic of conversation?
Why is it important to know how a friend voted in the last election?
In America today, the prevailing feeling is, " I don't want to be your friend if you don't like my candidate or my political party."
"A house divided against itself cannot stand!" Abraham Lincoln's biblical quote in 1858. Is this America's future?
How the Political Divide in America Affects Personal Relationships
We are a nation sorely in need of unification--from the grass roots to those in our highest offices. These testimonies illustrate this need. The respondents live in geographically different parts of the country and represent a cross section of races, religions, ages and political affiliations. A few are nationally known and some have chosen to use pseudonyms for fear of government or peer reprisals. But each one loves this country and recognizes that this division is proceeding at an all too treacherous pace.