I had dinner with a Liberal last night and survived…

Okay, the title is a little mischievous.  But, I did have dinner with a “self-proclaimed” Liberal last night and I’m now typing about it…so, technically, I did survive.

However, I did not just survive, we both thrived during our time together.  We had the best time, as she sipped her wine and me, my diet coke.  We laughed.  We allowed ourselves to be vulnerable in sharing our sincerest thoughts.  We laid down any armor we might have had on.  We saw each other as people, as fellow Americans tethered to the same fate. 

What was so amazing is that she described her household as “a very liberal household”, while I described myself as “conservative”…but, beyond these two titles, we never again mentioned titles, political ties, Democrats versus Republicans, black versus white, gay versus the Bible, or any other divisive jargon…Yet, we spoke of substance and we equally lamented over the culture we no longer recognize. 

What was even more fascinating is that although she described herself as a Liberal, when we removed political jargon and titles, we agreed on absolutely every topic of discussion – our overwhelming national debt, our dangerous ties with China, the Islamic threat, the dangers of an expanding federal government.  We agreed that Ebola is a national threat and our government should be more concerned about protecting Americans versus potentially hampering aid to West Africa. We agreed that our Southern borders must be secured.  She is against the President’s decision to print up more than 9 million green cards, which he is prepared to issue AFTER the election.  Alas, we both concurred that if the 2016 Presidential election is a choice between Hilary Clinton and Jeb Bush, we are both staying home.

How did we do it?  How could two women – one black, one white, one much older than the other, one wealthier than the other, and by the nation’s standard, political enemies – sit across from one another with joy, peace, and unity?  Two words…COMMON SENSE. We just spoke what we know to be True, Factual, Logical.  We sat aside witty remarks and political correctness.  We just talked.

Common sense is still in style people.  Let us be determined to wear it daily.

God bless…

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  • Joel W.
    October 31, 2014, 4:53 am

    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for the update. What a cheerful story! Then again, beyond our
    political labels, I do remember when Jesus sat and spoke in dialogue
    with the Pharasees, perhaps some of them eventually finding common
    ground and becoming a follower of the Way. The Book of Acts records
    that many Priests became followers as well (Acts 6:7).

    So congrats on the great effort; even a more sensitive and knowledgeable
    can help. Seeds sown can in time break soil and bear fruit.

    I do lift you up in prayer, asking for God’s wisdom and direction
    on your behalf.

    With appreciation,
    Joel

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  • Pastor Bill
    October 30, 2014, 11:47 am

    Your friend was not a faithful Liberal or her opinion on all the subjects you mentioned would have been significantly different from yours (and mine). Today’s Liberal goes under the name of “Progressive,” which is a disguised name for a Socialist. I’m all for Dr. Ben Carson for President – a Conservative and a Christian.

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  • Joe Edwards
    October 30, 2014, 7:52 am

    The true measure of a lib or con is found in where they place their focal point at election day. I too have had many wonderful conversations with liberals but at the end of the day their feelings override common sense principles.one of the best quotes I’ve ever come across to describe the difference is,”don’t bore me with the facts. I feel, therefore it is.” I am convinced that many liberals believe they are centrist and the more rational of the two ideologies.

    With all of that said, it is positive for us conservatives to extend the olive branches of kindness toward our liberal counterparts. After all, the only way they can ever come home to sound and rational policy is if we build them a bridge. even more so as it applies to matters of faith and eternity!

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  • Ken Libowicz
    October 29, 2014, 10:58 pm

    Although your so-called liberal dinner mate may believe she’s a liberal, based on what you wrote, Kathy, I discount the notion that she is a liberal; after all, a conservative and a liberal are not going to agree on every topic of discussion. This is especially true when the topics are of a political nature, which describes the topics you discussed: securing the southern border, issuing green cards to illegal immigrants, the expansion of the federal government, etc. Your “liberal” dinner mate, I conclude, is at heart a conservative, and that is why your dinner with her was joyful and peaceful.

    As for a possible presidential match-up between another Clinton and another Bush, God save us from that specter!

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  • Monica Zah
    October 29, 2014, 2:14 pm

    Everyone has a right to their belief, perspective & point of view! Common sense and basic human respect is lacking greatly in today’s society…

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