I’m not a political animal. That said, it doesn’t mean I don’t hold beliefs. I simply don’t choose to air them, especially when I’m in the company of people who hold other beliefs, or are rabid about their beliefs.
I wrote a letter to a niece who recently lost her husband, and I truly don’t remember what I wrote, except I suppose it had to do with the government closing down. She wrote back a lengthy diatribe about politics, closing with, “I hope you will continue to love me.”
I answered and stated I do not argue politics or religion with anyone. I have my thoughts, but I won’t get into a conversation about it. We have lots more important things to talk about.
Growing up, I remember my dad and an uncle having lengthy conversations about politics. Did it sway either one’s ideas? I think not.
I remember my dad throwing a chicken bone (we were eating) at one of my brothers-in-law who dared argue with him. Silly? Absolutely.
When I got engaged, I worried about my dad (an adamant Republican) tangling with my to-be father-in-law (an adamant Democrat). They must have skirted the issues, as no blood was shed.
Many a family holiday, my father-in-law spent an afternoon arguing with his sister-in-law about politics. Did it change either’s mind? Of course not.
I’ve voted since I came of age in the political sense. My first vote was at the Wesley Center at SDSU. (I voted for Johnson).
I’ve spent most of my adult life avoiding discussion of politics. I figure I can make up my mind all by myself about whom I prefer. Sometimes my vote has been validated, sometimes not, but I always stuck to what I believed was the best course.
I was happy I lived in Minnesota when that state went for McGovern.
I’ll vote split-ticket now and then, because I might think a candidate more closely aligns to my beliefs. I totally deplore how the country is going right now…there is no “middle ground” or common sense, far as I can tell. There are few politicians I like, let alone admire.
Politics, as I see it, has gotten so off-kilter from what it’s supposed to be. We’re all supposed to be “God’s children.” Do you think He likes this ridiculous place our country is in? Everything in moderation…including politics.
A couple of campaigns ago, I kept getting “funny” putdowns about a candidate from an old friend/more than friend. He’d always been sexist and somewhat Chauvinistic, and I didn’t appreciate the e-mails. I told him if he couldn’t converse better than that, then don’t converse.
He hasn’t conversed since. I’m sorry, but I wasn’t about to change my way of thinking, and I didn’t appreciate his little barbs. Perhaps our long-lasting relationship wasn’t that important, if that was all it took.
Just as I would never try to change a person’s religious beliefs, neither would I attempt to change a person’s political beliefs (though I MIGHT be tempted to throw a chicken bone!).
I keep hoping people (including politicians) can rise above their differences and consider the fact that we’re all human beings. I really hate to see this ongoing alienation of affection between people, and all the “little guys” who are pawns to big guys’ egos.
One hundred years ago, the BIG political cause was women’s suffrage. Do we even remember that? This, too, shall pass. Let’s get together and work for a better world for ALL people, no matter the political affiliation.
O Lord, deliver us from politics