Oh, Gawd. It’s that time again, for politics to rear its ugly head and my family life to become more complicated than a transvestite circus wardrobe closet. My family is very polarized, politically. You might say we are bipolitical. Which is close to being bipolar. It drives me mad.
When I was growing up, I was very interested in politics. I can remember many discussions over the dinner table. And I would like to say more about this, but my family wishes I wouldn’t, so I’ve self-censored this portion of my post. Perhaps I have socialist leanings – no, definitely I have socialist leanings. And it doesn’t bother me. Pink is my favorite color.
I have three sisters, one of whom is now gone, bless her soul. And she was a good Democrat, and so is my older sister. My youngest sister is not all that political, but she definitely leans to the right. Which is understandable, because she is a business woman and a very good one. So I forgive her. My three brothers are all out right wingers. And they are loudly vocal about it. They have been known to harangue us for hours with their views.
When George the Second was selected (you notice I am not bitter) in 2000, I was pretty steamed. In Paris, in 2003 I marched with Americans Against the War from the Bastille to the Chatelet, proudly. And my family fumed. I was anti-American. I was a traitor. I was Ok with that. When Obama was elected in a landslide in 2008, I was vindicated, even though I had really wanted Hillary to get the nod. And I’m voting for him in November. Yes, I’m a left-wing liberal, a proud watcher of the Newsroom and a member of the Democratic Underground. We were going to have a family get-together, but politics reared its ugly head and the Republicans amongst us decided they couldn’t come around the Democrats.
The problem? People who are polarized about their politics aren’t willing to hear the other side of the issue. I am trying not to be like that. I’m putting my efforts into being a citizen of the world, and not a die-hard anything. The truth is, we are all in this together, and we will either hang together or separately. OK, not my quote. I borrowed that. But you get the gist.