I think one of my favorite things about talking politics with my [conservative] friends is when they realize I know more than they anticipated. and that isn’t meant degardingly, I just mean I keep up with a lot going on in the news whereas they don’t and base things more on general opinion of what they do know.

like I’ll go into a conversations a little more depthy and detailed than their knowledge allows, and baffle them with news—and my friends are the type of people who like information. they don’t deny facts being presenting just because it doesn’t support their agenda. they’re like “wait what’s the zero tolerance policy??” and I’m like “OH LET ME TELL YOU” because that one thing really impacts a ton of other things and not having that piece of information can cause confusion. or “who’s this SCOTUS guy??” and I’m like “OH SIS HERE’S THE TEA.”

they see “this is good for our country, this is bad for our country.” they see the big picture (like immigration), but don’t see the pieces (like the how, the why, the what)

and I think that’s a problem with a lot of people these days, it’s that they’re either getting misinformation because of biased, sided media, or that they chose to remain ignorant and unknowing to all the angles—and you’ve got to know some of the angles.

I’ve always thought this, but politics require understanding. understanding of what you’re reading, understanding of what you’re talking about, and understanding of other perspectives (a.k.a. if you aren’t able to see why someone is doing something, you’re going to assume it’s being done for the wrong reasons when it might not be. or, just blatant understanding as to why someone left leaning might be left leaning/why someone right leaning might be right leaning)