April 26, 2018 Rockland, Political Divide

Neighbors talking across the political divide.

Why do we see things so differently?

 

Rockland Public Library

Thursday evening, April 26, 2018

6:00pm to 8:30pm

 

If you are a Republican, why?

If you are a Democrat, why?

If you are a Green or a Libertarian, or not in a political party at all, why?

Why do you see things the way you do?

Do you think people have less tolerance today for people with different views?

Do you think we are becoming more politically polarized? Why?

According to the Pew Research Center, “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades. See the Political Polarization in the American Public and several other articles on political polarization here.

Make Shift Coffee House, Belfast Maine, USA

That’s what the experts say. Come to the Make Shift Coffee House to see what your neighbors say.

Do YOU find yourself with less and less tolerance for “the other side?” Why do YOU think that the country is so divided? How did we get this way? Will it get worse? What would it take for the divide to get smaller; for us to become more politically aligned?

These are just some of the questions we will take up at the Make Shift Coffee House.

Live music by Peter Proeller & Wayne Keiderling!

Wayne Keiderling (harmonica) and Peter Proeller (banjo) have enjoyed playing their respective instruments since they  were kids. They met several years ago when Wayne wanted to learn to play the banjo and have stayed  connected through a local jam session that Wayne runs, playing traditional  songs and old favorites. They found  that banjo and harmonica go well together, much like fiddle and banjo (Wayne points out that the harmonica is also known as the “poor  man’s fiddle.”)  Wayne  &Peter have performed together at local nursing homes and also when Wayne sits in when Peter plays with his band at farmers markets and local cafes.

Click here to learn about the Make Shift Coffee House culture and why understanding each other is so useful.