Until he became a Trump supporter, Iowa resident Ryan Moore was a lifelong Democrat. Last week, Moore wrote an opinion piece that was published by the DeMoine Register that resonated with a lot of Americans. The former Democrat asks the question that many Americans are wondering about—what has happened to the civility and respect for others? “Can we no longer have civil debates and in the end agree to disagree and shake hands?” Moore asks.

Ryan Moore, sporting a MAGA hat. (Photo: Special to the Register)

From the DeMoine Register – Until the last two years, I was a Democrat my whole life. I occasionally had political arguments with conservative friends, family, and co-workers, but we were civil, and we remained friends. I have never hated anyone or tried to get someone fired for their personal political views. Now I’m a member of a highly persecuted group. After I came out as a conservative, everything changed. In America today, most conservatives feel they must either keep their political views private, or not reveal who they are employed by, or they know the liberal mob will come after them.

Just last week, Democratic U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro tweeted the names and employers of some San Antonio-area donors to President Trump’s re-election. Anyone who supports President Trump should be very proud that they are on the right side of history.

What has happened to the Democratic Party? It seems everything it disagrees with, it claims is racist or a symbol of hate. First Democrats claimed the Make America Great Again hat was a symbol of hate and now some Democrats are saying the American flag is a symbol of hate.

Far too many Democrats believe the First Amendment only applies to the opinions they agree with. I’m not saying that only the Left is to blame for the lack of civility but in all my years as an outspoken liberal — no one attacked me as viciously as the Left does now for my political opinions. I thought the Left was in favor of tolerance and diversity? Let go of your hate. Live and let live.

Whether you’re a conservative or a progressive, we all need to treat each other with respect and be tolerant and try to be understanding and open-minded with those with whom we disagree. We need to work together on causes and issues where we do agree.

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Ryan Moore is a writer, songwriter, and social media strategist. Twitter: @RyanMoore

Do you agree with Ryan Moore? Has the Democrat Party become the party of hate and intolerance? Is there any way our nation will come together again, or will this anger continue as long as the Democrats are not in control of the White House? Do you think America became divided after Trump became president, or did our nation become divided during Barack Obama’s presidency? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

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