Thursday, October 13, 2016

I Cannot Recollect Such a Contentious Election


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   My parents had a rule in that they did not discuss politics or religion in public. Of course, they discussed various aspects of both with friends, but not in public places within the earshot of others.  I used to think their stance was excessive, but now, I am thinking how bright and wise they both, in fact, were.

                This week, in numerous public places people have begun arguing with one another regarding Trump and Hillary Clinton.   Clinton supporters can't believe that others would be in total support of a man they think is a racist and anti-woman, and some Trump supporters can't believe that others would be in support of a woman who sold influence during her tenure as Secretary of State, allowed State Department employees and a diplomat to be killed when no aid was sent to them in Benghazi, and who illegally used a private server to keep her state department e-mails from the prying eyes of government oversight.  In many places such arguments have become insulting, loud and progressed to fist fighting. Police have been called.

               Yes, it's a crucial election.  With the US in 20 trillion dollars in debt, and with Russia actually verbalizing that gearing up for war against us, people are on edge and they are less than rational.

                Do as much research on these people as you can.  Then make your decision. Keep your mouth shut while you are doing it, and this includes pollsters too.  Your choice is a private one, and your car shouldn't be torched for it, and increasingly, it could be.


  1. I so agree with your parents rule. Never in my life have I ever heard seen or even experienced such hatred between strangers and ones personally known. I can say I do sometimes get my feelings easily crushed. Friending another grieving mother as myself was a way of finding support and offering support with another mother. Sadly she announced she no longer wanted to be friends with anyone who had not voted for her voting choice of candidate. Feeling crushed I commented I believed our friendship to be one of shared loss from grief. When we friended one another there was not question of what our political views were. I wished her well and obligated her request to unfriendly her.

    1. I am so sorry you had that experience. I think in many places in the world we have lost respect for one another. I have many friends and some of them have very different political views than my own, but I respect the fact that their lives have been different from mine and that they have a right to see things and to verbalize things differently than I. I can only hope that respect comes back into vogue, and very soon.

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