Political views do not a person make.
No, it's how a person acts.
I have met people with such egregious opinions I've walked away
Well that's not right. I have principles.
Agree, but not entirely. I do feel a person's political views and religious views do play a role in who they are. It varies how much by the person.
I agree. I like some democrats despite their political views. I also dislike some republicans even when their political views align with me.
Agree, a thousand times yes!!!
Is that a quote by Yoda?
Haha no. I was debating earlier this evening and the other person somehow thought that by calling socialism and communism unamerican, I was calling any actual people who don't agree with me unamerican. And so, I wanted to see how many people...
...really think that by disagreeing with someone's political views, I am calling the actual person names.
Well... There's a difference between disagreeing with someone and telling them what they believe is unamerican. That equates to them being unamerican, in my opinion. That's more than disagreement.
I don't see how that can connect, though. To me, America is about freedom, and socialism is an infringement of freedom. But there is plenty more to a person that political views, as I think we can all agree, and so that doesn't mean I think...
...they're less of a person or less of an American or something.
Well let's replace the term with some other word. If you told someone "your beliefs are stupid"--aren't you implying they're stupid? "Your beliefs are monstrous"--you can't turn around and say "but you're a nice person though."
Honestly? I don't know. I'll think about it.
I guess I'll be more direct and say that I believe socialism is an expansion and protection of freedom for all people. So when you say that idea is unamerican, it feels like you're saying I'm unamerican. And that my views don't matter.
I will say that I think there's more to being an American than just political beliefs, same as what I said in the original poll.
Yes, I agree with that.