Respecting the conservative view

To the editor:

It is critical for Independents and Liberals to understand the Conservative view if we are going to be able to work together to assure the socioeconomic health of our society.

Currently Conservatives, especially anyone supporting Trump’s reelection, are hiding in political closets, afraid their political preferences will be discovered. Friends of mine have been maligned by liberals and democrats for stating an “unpopular” opinion. At the Republican Caucus I talked with a neighbor. As we were getting ready to leave, she said, “Please don’t tell anyone you saw me here, I don’t want to lose my friends.”

I’ve seen personal attacks on numerous conservative friends but I have never seen a Republican or Conservative treat a Liberal or Democrat in the same way.

This is more than a freedom of speech issue. We cannot make good decisions for our community, state, nation, or the world, until we have gained understanding, and understanding cannot be gained unless we are willing to hear and seriously consider all views; this is management 101 (I’ve taught the course at two universities).

So why are so many unwilling to hear opposing views?

The Progressive Movement has convinced millions of good, caring people that anyone holding an opposing view is either stupid or evil. These good people, who would probably stop their car so a family of ducks could safely cross the road, have been convinced that our country needs them to dismiss their conservative friends and neighbors as ignorant and misguided.

The right thing to do, is to reinstate the first amendment and begin to carefully and seriously consider the opposing view on a number of sensitive issues. In other words, treat your relatives, friends, and neighbors with respect.

- Brad Fregger, Fairfield