I followed the same logic since I was an oddball, a liberal republican. I noticed that in the areas I lived I found it less and less palatable to vote for the GOP person because some of their views were highly toxic.

In Indiana the one that still sticks out to this day was when a respectable GOP member (Lugar) lost the primary to a Tea Party nitwit. What happened? This guy stated that if a woman's was raped god intended it ( or some stupid shit).

Fast forward to 2020, I noticed I would vote across lines for over 14 years on a regular basis, and would vote for GOP members that were moderate, or if there was no DNC presence to protect the position from the alt-fringe right.

The telling thing for me was when I saw polls in 2018, and I found out I represents 7% of the party.

I joined up multiple groups left and right and in the end the toxic soup of these groups (and BTW the left groups on facebook were worse then the right). I then realized it wasn't worth my life force and energy.

I picked up reading real newspapers and stayed away from Op-eds and life got more balance.

I killed some really awful biases I had, did therapy, and grew. I found most of the folks that lived in echo chambers very limiting and very troll like. I do understand there was probably good reasons for them feeling and acting like they did, but in the end ... I did what was best for me.

I outgrew them and their ad-hoc bigoted and biased discussion, and learned to live better.

One important thing over the past two years was vaccines. To me this is a perfect a-ok thing to label people with. To those that spit out communism and other bias believed views, I tell them ... great own it. I mean really own it, because vaccine hesitant is a temporary label of 3-4 months, if you don't you are an anti-vaxxer, equivalent of those highly religious folks that raise your eyebrows. This is an apporpriate use of labels. How people view politics and calling out a democrat as a marxists communist or a republican as a racist is not. Unless you truly know them, which most people truly don't ...

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Alan Tegel

Lover of people, Texas Feminist Liberal Democrat, Horse Farm, High Tech Gadget ENFP Guy, and someone who appreciates the struggle of women and wants to help.

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