Why I don’t publish my politics (anymore) (or again) (or that one time? at band camp?...)

29/Aug/2008

We’re in the midst of an amazing time in our country. People are charged. There are heated discussions happening at dinner tables. It’s bringing families closer, marriages to the couch together to watch and discuss and find a future. We’re waiting. We’re poised. It’s going to be a fun and interesting ride.

I have my thoughts and opinions like everyone else. I have my points I desperately want to slam around and I have my reasons to why I feel as I do. But those points sit in draft here because of one simple thing: We, the country, the community, the people, are still prejudice.

It’s sad but it’s true: Someone with a differing opinion than your own can drive you to not consider the points being made. Opening up a website to see a huge “OBAMA!” or “McCAIN!” graphic could repulse you to close the window before reading a single point, word, thought. In this time of division and discussion, we need to have just that: A discussion. And I think you will find we’re not so different after all.

Our skin color, the people we call our lovers, the size of our waist or the size of our bank account are all different and we’ve accepted (or are accepting) these differences. It’s OK. You can still be my friend. We can still watch the sun rise and hope for our kids.

But the letter on your ballot can drive away potential friends and partners and jobs simply because you are forced to choose between two parties. R? D? Or C) Best Candidate.

I’m voting for C and I know you are dying to know so we can all judge each other and point fingers later. And really? As long as you are passionate, as long as you remember why you’re voting at all, in the end? We’ll be ok.

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(She writes and nearly reads at 3 years old. Can anyone say 2048? She’s got my vote.)

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Comments

  1. I totally get where you’re coming from.  And I love the point of your message.  But quite honestly, if someone doesn’t want to read my site because I have an Obama banner on my sidebar, then that’s their problem, not mine!  I would never stop reading someone simply because of their choice of presidential candidate.  For other reasons, yes. Because of who they support for Pres?  NO.

    By AMomTwoBoys on 2008 08 29

  2. I have to agree with the first comment.  If someone disses me b/c I make know my choice for prez, then that is their issue.  I have friends all over the spectrum and I would have to stay in my house all day in a ball if I chose to be so judgmental. 

    I used to think I shouldn’t let my choice be known.  But, I have found most people are able to look beyond my stance on issues, because really I think most people are looking for more connections than political.

    By Blogversary on 2008 08 29

  3. Some of my favorite bloggers and best friends (and family members!) have politics that are vastly different from my own. I think, above all things, we need to be tolerant of others’ decisions and beliefs—isn’t that what this country was built on? The idea that it can be a hostile conversation is so frustrating to me.

    By jonniker on 2008 08 29

  4. You are right. I choose not to share, because I hold my opinion still a little sacred/secret. I love that people are finally EXCITED about politics again. They are TALKING about it. Which is good no matter who you are voting for or what you believe.

    LB totally has my vote in 2048. Especially if she runs with Bacon. I mean those two could totally run it HOME and run this country like NOBODY’S business!

    By Mrs. Tantrum on 2008 08 29

  5. I’ll tell. As of right now I wish I could vote for non of the above. Please don’t be mad.

    By carol on 2008 08 29

  6. I really liked this post. I very much agree with your point here. I’m sure that if someone was a die hard reader to my blog they would have NO problem figuring out which side of the fence I’m on but there is something stopping me from slapping it up there.  Maybe I will.

    In the end everyone has the rights to their beliefs, that’s why my husband puts on the uniform he does everyday.  But still, politics is so personal and so heated as of late that the potential is there for a blow up.

    By the mrs. on 2008 08 29

  7. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t want to hear anyone’s political views even if I happen to agree with them. I have to make it until the actual presidental election without being sick of it all.

    Thanks for the great post!

    By Angel on 2008 08 29

  8. So I am told all the time that I am brave with posts on politics, yet I know it scares people away from my blog. Sniffle.

    I am very unpfront that I’m a confused little Republican that doesn’t believe in the religious right, but does believe in gay marriage. 

    Somehow, however, I’ve been able to find blog friends who have vastly different opinions than I who will still comment respectfully (and I do the same) when politics come up.

    It’s nice.

    So, feel free to write away.  I won’t judge.  Actually I would be pretty sad if we as parents weren’t critical, disagree respectfully, and support candidates and politics in general.  We wouldn’t be doing our jobs as parents if we were just lukewarm with caniates who we know could inexorably change our children’s future.

    By Scout's Honor on 2008 08 29

  9. I married a Republican.

    By Neil on 2008 08 29

  10. YES!
    Write in campaign for Miss C!
    She’s got my vote!

    (What do you think the election boards will think when they see tons of write-in ballots for a mysterious “Miss C”?)

    By Melinda on 2008 08 29

  11. I try not to talk about it outside of my home. 

    You see, I’m the one who’s always right.  Everyone who thinks differently is less of a person than I am.  Therefore, I keep my opinions to myself as not to ridicule or indimidate others.

    *snicker*

    Actually, I’m not nearly as informed as I should be.  I do have my opinions, but don’t feel like I have much to stand on.  Too bad too many details will make the hard drive in my brain crash….

    By Leann I Am on 2008 08 29

  12. I hate that in this free country people still feel as though they can not speak freely about their political views without someone else holding it against them.  It is sad. 

    I hold fast to my mothers rule.  It doesn’t matter who you vote for just as long as you vote!

    By Adrienne on 2008 08 29

  13. Great post!

    I just recently wrote about how someone was spamming me her political crap and it sent me over the edge. The reason being because when I finally countered her with my opinion (which apparently shocked the heck out of her), I was no longer her friend. Oy vey! People kill me.

    Nice blog.

    By Just a Girl in a Port on 2008 08 29

  14. Ugg…after yesterday on Twitter, I strongly considered writing a manifesto on my political views and why I feel the way I do and blah, blah, blah.

    But, then I came to my senses and realized that the chances are good that no one is gonna care and it would probably just piss people off.

    So, I shall reserve my views for those who ask and for my husband since he doesn’t get a choice.  smile

    All of that being said, I think it’s sad that most lack the ability to calmly discuss politics without it devolving into personal attacks and name calling.

    By Amy @ Taste Like Crazy on 2008 08 30

  15. No comment on the political stuff. I’m taking the easy way out on that one.

    But as for your daughter. She reminds me of my own daughter a couple years ago. She began writing by the time she turned three and could read simple words. She just turned five a couple weeks ago and reads complete books and writes in complete sentences and does double digit addition and counts money. The biggest problem we’ve face with this dilemma is that the public schools wouldn’t let her start this year as she missed the age cut-off by THREE DAYS! If she’s ready for first grade right now but they won’t even start her in Kindergarten for another whole year, that is just not going work!

    It’s okay, though. I decided long ago that I would be homeschooling, and this is how I’ve gotten her through Kindergarten and met her needs.

    By MGM on 2008 08 30

  16. I’m a Democrat, and so far my vote is headed to Obama, but I have to be honest with you, staring at a computer graphic showing a storm with 140 mile per hours winds heading for my home has put a lot in perspective. 

    I will vote, but I will not make categorical political statements because in the grand scheme of things, right now I just don’t give a crap if they’re red or blue, republican or democrat.  I care about who is going to help my home, friends and city.  And possibly that’s selfish, but I’m actually okay with that. 

    Politics suddenly seem so unimportant.

    By Overflowing Brain on 2008 08 30

  17. Hello gorgeous!
    I love how you wrote this. 
    And she is so darling and SMART!!

    By rachel on 2008 08 31

  18. I feel exactly the same. Exactly. The. Same. Why is everybody so afraid to disagree? We can’t all be exactly the same, but are we grown up enough to respect each other, and value view points other than our own. Sadly, I think the answer, is no, we can not.

    P.S. She has my vote, provided none of my girls are running against her

    By laurieofthesevenstories on 2008 08 31

  19. I have not missed one.single.election, either local or national in all my voting years.

    And?

    I think that this is the first election in my life where I am just not going to vote. I can’t stand either one of them and I feel pretty passionately about it.

    (I want it to be February, already).

    By Loralee on 2008 09 01

  20. Three years old? That’s incredible.

    By All Adither on 2008 09 01