I spoke with a friend the other day and he told me about a new job he has -- with the Colorado Republican Party.
This doesn't bother me much as a Liberal. He is one of my best friends, a good guy and a great drinking buddy. HE knows of my political affiliation and he is not bothered by it. We have not tried to "convert" eachother either.
As for polite or heated political debate, nothing has really happened in the way of that either. We have discussed our stance on things and basically agreed to disagree, then got a beer and turned a game on.
In college, I was also buddies with the president of the College Republicans, who interned on the campaign of Northern Colorado Republican Congresswoman Marilyn MustGO... I mean Musgrave . It was the same situation. We never really discussed our political differences. The one time we decided to "hash it out", we both ended up agreeing that we have differences, but we are both Americans who love their country.
I see a lot of people that are turned off by others of a different political affiliation, not really associating with them. I can see why. Politics is a discussion that can get very heated at times, it can divide friendships and families, as well as an entire nation. But kind of thinking about my buddies last night, I realized that we may have our political views, and work towards bettering our nation in our own ways, but there are still a lot of good Americans out there, and I am glad to have friends that will offer differing views, not only to see all sides of an issue, but also to hone my own opinions and educate myself.