To kick things off, I have, not a political question, but a question about politics.
What kicked this line of thought off was this Ben Shapiro tweet I saw the other day.
Now Shapiro’s just another pseudo-intellectual grifter, so the source isn’t what I’m going into here. It’s the sentiment. Is that the mainstream now, or just provocation for provocation’s sake?
I know that Macallanlover and I have lamented that the days when we were growing up and friends could have different political opinions without it affecting the friendship seem to be long gone. We live in an especially polarizing era when it’s… if not easier, exactly, but more reflexive to demonize than tolerate.
The reason I bring all this up is the number of times I’ve seen people express opinions, both here and at other Dawg sites, that because I’ve expressed certain views on political matters with which they disagree, they don’t enjoy reading the football posts at GTP any more. As hard as I’ve tried to understand that point of view, I just don’t get it. I’ve got readers here of every political stripe (okay, almost every political stripe) and nobody’s politics have affected the way I look at and react to their sports comments.
What I’m curious about is whether I’m the outlier here. Does anyone’s political expressions — mine, commenters here or folks elsewhere — inform the way you process their thoughts on Georgia football? I’d like to think not, but I have a feeling I’m going to be saddened to hear some of your answers.
Have at it. Try to be civil about it, though.