Love transcends all things, maybe even politics some would hope, at least for the welfare of our country. On a recent episode of my show, I discussed with a libertarian panel whether or not politically focused dating apps should be welcomed or seen as a bigger issue than most would typically make of something like it. While the issue at hand wasn’t the use of the dating websites per se, which in America today have lost much of their social stigma and have allowed for around 5% of married couples to first meet one another, the primary concern is whether or not it is a mistake to focus on finding a potential partner based on political preference alone.
These single issue-oriented sites such as Trump Dating or Tinder all suffer the same issue, the fact that they only focus on one issue. You go on Trump Dating to find a Donald Trump supporter, but what if she hates kids (and you happen to be a parent) and you hate dogs (and she has seven)? For Tinder, you both want to “score” but what if one wants a relationship and the other doesn’t? After all it is a hookup site right? The same goes for sites where it is exclusively for white men who want to date black women – is one physical feature enough to spark a relationship?
Perhaps it is, maybe your politics or preferred traits are a make it or break it type of situation, but what does that say about love itself? Isn’t love just two imperfect people coming together and complementing each other’s best attributes while accepting the less desirable ones we all have? Or is love only politics-deep in this case? Political dating apps may get you that first date just like any other, but if all you wanted was a lover with a MAGA hat and the other came wanting something else, was it really worth it?