Firstly, you are very
brave for posting this. I agree that politics tends to bring out the worst in people.
Secondly, I don't really have an affinity for politics either way 'cause it's just a bunch of people lying, acting, and then debating on things they solely have control over (or don't)—at least, for the people directly involved.
I detested listening to my classmates in university talk about politics like they were geniuses or something. I found it even more ludicrous when I found out you can major in that stuff.
It just turns into a spectacle where one party decides to outdo the other—and all to win an argument.
I don't agree with this stuff not reflecting who you are, however. It very much paints a pretty clear picture of who you are (when enough is said). Granted, we may not know exactly why someone believes what they do—which may or may not give us some leeway in understanding them (which I believe is what you were getting at). Do sides tend to go overboard in how they treat each other? Yes, they very much do. I think we can have our differences but the appropriate way to handle disputes is to simply discuss it in a mutually respectful manner. Problem is politics usually gets very touchy and people then start to get emotional (which can be good).
I remember reading an article once where an interview was done on a couple where one was religious and the other wasn't. They were pretty much opposite in beliefs but they had managed to stay married for a long time. It's those kind of things that makes me think the same can be done for everything else.
Perhaps I am also a bit too naive/optimistic but I earnestly feel folks could get along if they wanted to. Of course, "getting along" can mean very different things for different people.
I don't hold anything against people of faith or those who stick to a particular political faction but just knowing what a certain person believes gives me an idea of what else they may believe in. Everyone pretty much does that and I find it normal. It's acting on those assumptions that lands you in trouble.
I'm just glad we can get parodies for this kind of stuff.