When people hold certain beliefs and they meet people or listen to people on TV or radio that share the same viewpoints, it isn't that they are being brainwashed. It is just enjoying the company of like-minded people. I am talking about both sides, not just liberals. As human beings, I think we can all agree that it is pretty neat to meet a like-minded individual and have that feeling of wow they really get me. If people on either side just blindly follows, they are idiots. There is nothing wrong,however, with liking people that you share a common interest with. Every now and again these same people will do something you don't agree with and it is okay to admit it when that happens.