Open Letters, Part 1

Dear Mr. Conservative,

Why do you have to be so difficult?

Why do you need to argue with every point of contention made from those on the 'other side of the fence'?  Have you ever stopped to wonder if they might be right this time?

Why do you mindlessly swallow every point of contention made from those already on your own side?  Have you ever stopped to wonder if they might be wrong this time?

Have you stopped to ponder what it is you're swallowing and in turn force-feeding to others?

For instance, if you're so conservative, why are you against the environment?  What has the environment ever done to you?  Why has every conservative I've ever spoken with on the subject felt the need to argue against the existence of global warming?  Why do conservatives want more oil drilling and less focus on renewable energies?

Why can't you just be, well, conservative - and therefore work to protect the environment, regardless of whether global warming exists or not or who is responsible for it?  Seriously, who cares?

Imagine what would happen in our country if we actually listened to each other.  You don't trust liberals because they're against everything you want, and vice versa.  What if you backed down and handed the next liberal you debate with, your fellow citizen, an olive branch?

Would that help you get one in return?

And if it did, would we be as divided as we are now?

Whatever happened to the United States of America?