... seems I lost a friend. They were offended by some things I said on facebook letting my conservative colors fly. Despite the fact we've know each other since childhood and have so many things in common it would appear this one difference is irreconcilable. I am no longer worthy of their friendship.
Turns out I am not a fan of being stereotyped. How about that!
A recently developed friendship with another individual breaks all my preconceived stereotypes about the other side; the dark side. I worried such a fundamental difference would prevent us getting along. Come to find there is more to this person than a political affiliation, just as I am not defined solely on mine. Seeing eye to eye on other issues and having common interests results in us looking past that one dividing denominator. I am glad I didn't dismiss this person, as my old friend recently dismissed me.
How about that... me, friends with a liberal. I guess that means I need to check my "trad" credentials at the door. I still draw the line at hippies.
... things were so much simpler when they were black and white.
*Don't worry, Thom. You're still my favorite heathen.