I was watching the Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night" for the ten-thousandth time the other day. Remember the old guy who played Paul's grandfather and stirred things up all time? They said, "He's a mixer." I guess that's the polite way of saying "He's an agitator."
I like to stir things up, if only to engender the lively discussions that ensue. I might get into rather heated political dialogues online and elsewhere, but please don't think for a second that I allow a political or sociological difference to shade my personal opinion of people. There might be people with whom I am totally in line, ideologically, and yet I don't find them all that appealing as people - and there are lots of men and women with whom I find no common ground when we talk about the news, and I like them personally and respect them deeply as well.
I'm saying this just for one reason, and that is, if you like a person, it doesn't matter if they agree about what it takes to make a good president. And if you like a person, it's best to let them know it.
Even if you're cheap like me, it doesn't cost a nickel to pay a compliment. Thanks for reading this, and unless you are both a reader and a heartless murderer, thief or sex abuser, chances are very good that I like you and love you!
Just be careful today and every day. We all need all the friends we can keep.