The "Social Circle" is a group effort between readers, social networkers and the OnMilwaukee.com editors. Every Monday, we ask a question via Facebook and Twitter and then post the responses from our Facebook "likers" and Twitter followers in this column. Well-known Milwaukee movers and shakers will contribute, too.
The elections are over and Milwaukeeans are deeply divided on their thoughts and feelings about the outcome. However, there has to be a common ground between those who identify as Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, anarchists or anything else. Right?
With this in mind, OnMilwaukee.com partnered up with Neighborhood News Services this week to brainstorm the question: where is the common ground between all Milwaukeeans?
The responses, as usual, ranged from serious to comical. Feel free to contribute your thoughts via the Talkback feature or a Facebook comment.
Barbara Aho: "Ha ha ha! Well, to fantasize, if the Repubs were to do something good for the people instead of the corporations or the top 1 percent."
Sarah Berg: "Anything not involved with politics."
Royal Brevväxling: "Sports seem to pacify and keep people preoccupied from stuff that actually matters."
Anneliese Dickman: "Reducing gun violence."
Fred Gillich: "Shoveling snow, starting next week."
Betsy Holmes: "A resolve to banish our own cynicism / apathy would be good. I do not like the United States political system, but for now it is the only one we got. I feel 'worked up' and hope others may feel the same. Those of us who just showed up to vote – if even that – can’t be too indignant or surprised at the outcomes."
Paul Kennedy: "Brunch."
Thea Kovac: "Making art."
Lisa Malmarowski: "At a beer garden."
Dave Mikolajak: "Antiques on Second."
Russ Pracieduz: "Six feet under."
Tracey Sperko: "Stone Creek Coffee in Walker's Point to listen to good music and conversation."
Stephanie Wiedenhoeft: "The arts offer a stimulating and safe environment to be oneself, common ground or no."
Steve Whitlow: "At the Riverwest Public House over beer, like always."
Caitlin Zhenotdel: "The difficulty in thinking about common ground in this political climate is that it presupposes an interest in commonality. The reason we're so divided is because some people don't seem to care about finding common ground at all."