Why do Democrats and Republicans see things so differently?

Please share your thoughts below about the Make Shift Coffee House on September 9, 2017 at Sts. Barnabas and Matthew Church in Hallowell, Maine.

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4 thoughts on “Why do Democrats and Republicans see things so differently?”

  1. Thanks for writing Bill,

    And I have to chuckle at your comment: “….my turn at speaking in front of the whole group felt like it lasted a loooong time.”

    Yup. I kept you up there because the things you had to say were so interesting. You has such a great story to tell!

    I hope you didn’t mind too much. You have obviously thought a LOT about politics and have a wealth of experience from which to draw. So thanks for joining us and for speaking up……and staying in front of the group for a looooong time!

  2. Thanks for writing Ann.

    It’s no secret that the Hallowell Make Shift Coffee House was hosted by Jessica Gorton and the Episcopal Church of Sts. Barnabas and Mathew Episcopal Church. It’s Jessica you are talking about.

    Jessica’s political views are on the left but that did not impact her ability to do a good job of hosting a Make Shift Coffee House. She and I discussed in advance the importance of creating a venue where all political views would be welcome and she did a good job with that. She specifically reached out to conservative churches and Republicans and conservatives in her community and encouraged them to attend. She also reached out to liberal groups and specific people. Everyone who did attend had a chance to express their views. Jessica’s political views had no impact on that.

    All Make Shift Coffee House hosts have political views and that’s fine as long as there is room for ALL views to be expressed at a Make Shift Coffee House. For instance, the Bangor Make Shift Coffee House was hosted by the Maine Republican Party. Because all political views were welcome and encouraged at the event, that was fine.

    You say that “keeping people like that from being intimately engaged in your venues/meetings would be the most productive thing you could do right now.” You asked my opinion. I disagree. We actually want people with extreme political views to be intimately engaged in Make Shift Coffee Houses. We need to hear and learn about all perspectives. I don’t want to keep anyone from being engaged. All views are welcome.

  3. Dear Craig, I’m wondering why someone with such extreme biases and extreme political views would be allowed to HOST an event that is supposed to have a goal of giving everyone a voice and bringing people together where it’s safe and constructive to hear one another out. Without naming names, that one person is EXTREME LEFT and there is NO ROOM there to hear anyone else’s voice IMHO. I think keeping people like that from being intimately engaged in your venues/meetings would be the most productive thing you could do right now. Just my 2 cents. Would be happy to hear yours also. TY.

    1. Ann,
      I have to disagree with you, both in principle and in detail.
      First, the people who are on the extremes are the ones who most need to be engaged, not just so their views can be heard and rationally evaluated by others, but also so that they are encouraged to listen to more moderate viewpoints. Shunning is antithetical to communication, and I say that as someone who has been asked/told to “STFU” by people who disagree with me.
      Second, while there were some opinions expressed which I would characterize as decidedly non-centrist, I didn’t get any sense that they were keeping anybody else from speaking out (with the possible exception of me — my turn at speaking in front of the whole group felt like it lasted a loooong time, but I don’t think I qualify as extreme left).

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