Heather and Heather have been arguing politics since the dawn of time. Or at least since 1992 when, in our high school’s mock election, the one on the left was Bush, and the one on the right was Clinton. Thus began 24 years of political conversations where we would “discuss” issues with each other. Interestingly, we have always remained great friends through the process, though we couldn’t be more different politically.
We both are passionate about our work, we’ve both traveled a great deal, we both have lived in other countries, and we both had babies 9 days apart (in that picture of the two of us, we’re both about 12 weeks pregnant!).
We are a great example of how two people can remain super close, despite the fact that they are polar opposites politically. We also think that the process of sharing political ideas, and finding what we have in common is actually a lot of fun! We love sharing our opinions and listening to the other person. Not only does it make us think about why we believe what we do, but it also shows us that often, not only does the other side actually have a point, but we really aren’t that far apart.
We have both been discouraged by the way the tone of political discourse has turned so rancorous in recent years, and we wanted to make something that would be an antidote to that, to demonstrate how people can come together, talk like civil adults, and try to reach solutions without either one of them having to compromise their core beliefs.
We are committed to finding the ideas and convictions that unite us. So much of the mass media today focuses on what divides us, and people are able to self select media outlets that only reinforce what they believe in the first place. We want to show that it’s not just possible, but actually quite fun, for people of opposite political beliefs to look for what they have in common, and work towards solutions.