Just some thoughts for you to consider… Growing up in Upstate, NY, I was regularly exposed to both sides of the political spectrum. Every night at 6:00 p.m. the news was on in my home without fail; I would often join in on the viewing. Without a doubt, sociopolitical issues were a staple in my family discussions. My parents were and are avid independents who have coincidently always voted Republican. Their motto: “If there were a good Democratic candidate, we’d vote Democrat.” Apparently, there has yet to be one worthy of their votes.
So, while I was exposed to every political perspective, I had a semi-conservative base at home. The diverse political opinions in my suburban town and nearby city were beneficial, as they provided me with a base understanding of what was out in the “real world” – politically speaking.
But, when I left Rochester and headed down to New York City I was totally taken aback. The City, which I had always assumed would embrace diversity in its fullest sense – even when it comes to political inclinations – was highly partisan. I quickly learned that while New York is advanced in cultural, it is overwhelmingly predominated by leftist inclinations.
Not only were individuals vehemently opposed to anything coming from the right, but they were also totally and utterly appalled that any individual could believe in such a way. Originally, politics were of minimal interest to me, but when the 2004 election took form I really started getting ignited.
Maybe it was the overtly-liberal ideologies that presided at my college campus, or perhaps it was a result of the conversations and debates that occurred among students behind closed doors, but my politics quickly began to take shape. I rebelled and came out a conservatively-induced moderate (although, at the end of the day I’m more of a conservative).
What is highly disappointing about New York City and other urban areas is the lack of diversity in political matters, as well as the lack of respect for those who do not embrace the majority’s viewpoint. After looking around whereistand.com, it wasn’t a surprise to see MisterE and other bloggers who have opposed my views as though they are meaningless coming from New York and other major cities.
It’s tough to understand cities that pride themselves on diversity and differing opinions. The same goes for southern localities that only embrace the right and ostracize the left. At the end of the day it’s all about understanding and embracing the fact that intelligent individuals are going to disagree. Calling a Republican unintelligent, which I have contended before, is simply wrong-headed. New Yorkers (and don’t get me wrong, I love New York) need to stop a bit further outside of the box, as do others who are disrespectful or demeaning toward their opponents. It’s time to start loving thy neighbor – no matter what their political inclination.