I once met and American-Argentinian guy who told me he stopped going out with a girl as soon as she shared she was a K-supporter. 'There is no way we could agree on big things of life given this premise,' he told me.
Over the years, I have met some K-supporters and they were sharing little petty crimes of everyday life like they were normal (like being proud to illegally get the cable (TV) from the neighbor's line, or the Internet) and I came to appreciate his decision. There is simply no way to agree with people with different values: it is like Christians vs. ISIS.
Another thing that struck me is that when someone from the Macri administration (or maybe himself, I can't remember) talked about the cleanup of Plaza de Mayo when Macri took office. This person said that it was a shameful portrait of a country to have people camped in the main plaza in front of the Government building, whereas the current administration criticized Macri for vacating Argentinians from 'their' plaza, judging it 'an act of violence' against the Argentinian people.
My husband now refuses to buy marmalades made artisanally by a girl of our neighborhood since she gave him a talk on the abortion issued. Like many women in Argentina, she proudly wears a green pañuelo to show her support to abortion... but what has it to do with her marmalades? She simply took the chance to make some propaganda. It was uncalled for and unprofessional, and my husband took it as imposing her political and personal view.
I never understood why businesses and professionals here always make it clear where they stand politically, since it is counterproductive from a business perspective. On the abortion issue specifically, one can never know the personal situation of somebody else as to make strong comments like there is just one point of view.
Today, Argentinian historian Luis Alberto Romero tells on La Nación how he and a group of historians realized that Wikipedia entries had been 'massaged' to accommodate the K propaganda. He realized because reputable editors were writing pieces based on information taken on Wikipedia, and they got the wrong messages from what older historian like him knew. Romero and his team realized that they were getting a skewed and biased (and altered) narrative without realizing.
Certainly, Kirchnerists and Peronists don't read La Nación, Perfil, Infobae and Clarín like we do, so they don't even know of certain stuff that happens in the country. They read Página 12 or watch their K-friendly TV stations so they see only what the K wants them to see/read. However, anybody reads Wikipedia, myself included.
This week, Mauricio's Macri's 1st biography, Primer tiempo, went on sale and Sudestata bookstore has announced that they won't sell the book. The official statement is that 'Macri did too much damage to the country' and proclaimed they are not kirchnerists but they will continue to sell Cristina's books because they don't consider she did any damage to Argentina. La Nación call it 'a kirchnerist bookstore', though. And it is not the only bookstore in Argentina that has decided they won't sell it and isn't afraid to tell.
And it was just a few months ago that journalist Nicolás Wiñazki was invited to go eat somewhere else, because the new K restaurant owner 'didn't like what he wrote/said against the Government'.
Do we really live side-by-side with another Argentina, going to different places, reading different news and voting for opposite parties? Is this like Santo Domingo and Haiti, but mashed up within the same borders?