Well Old Guy that's kind of my point. I'm not having these discussions at a conservative club meeting, I talk to a lot of people many who I don't know what their politics are. Debate is where you learn things and have interesting discussions as long as it doesn't get personal which happens quite a bit with liberals. Imagine how boring a blog would be with everybody that shares your exact point of view.<quoted text>
In the early 1970s I remember talking to a college student who was convinced that George McGovern would be our next President because everyone she knew was for him. We tend to hang out with folks that share our beliefs, and that can skew your perceptions of reality.
I agree with you about this, and I would add talk radio to that mix. If we want to get stronger intellectually, we need to be exposed to ideas that challenge our beliefs and make us uncomfortable. The real growth happens when you are all by yourself, in a quiet place, and realize that an old, comfortable belief is in error, and that you must part company.
I have regular customers, new customers and even some people I will likely never see again in my life. Most of the time I talk to the people that load or unload me at the docks, but I also get to talk with many supervisors, salesmen and even company owners. At times the suit and ties like to be there when a product is being shipped to one of their customers, or to be first to inspect an awaited product coming in.
Then I have my own people--other truck drivers on the CB. For some reason, it seems a lot of drivers are into politics. There are times when we have anywhere from five to ten drivers discussing issues when we're all going in the same direction on the highway. Most are conservative because of the never ending regulations on our industry, but there are a few liberal drivers too. Those discussions are particularly interesting when we have drivers from Canada or our southern border in the mix.