Well. Mother is over it. She told me today that she thinks I’ve gone off the deep end, [I love that southern coastal expression.] that I’m on a rampage and have just become too fanatical, way too fanatical. She is much too polite and loving to ever post such a thing on my blog, but that’s how she feels about my obsession with politics of late.
Granted, I’ve lived under my rock for years. As a family we never really talked about politics very much. I’m sure this has been quite a shock to her. It has been to me as well, actually. This has been sort of a self-discovery process.
Reflecting on all of this, I have noticed through the years that I tend to act as a counterbalance to what is going on around me. For example: when the nation leaned way to the left in the 60′s and 70′s, I was busy working for Ronald Reagan. Now that the nation is leaning way to the right, I tend to be far more liberal minded: let’s take care of people. But I have always believed that opposing views need to be heard and honestly considered, even when the conclusion of the matter results in our continued disagreement.
And another good friend bites her tongue a lot too. She recently sent me this very conservative link that’s sort of raunchy but certainly funny. I post it as a celebration of good people who, though we disagree, will continue to be good people who care, just in a different way. You see, I believe that this world is big enough for good people to have ideas that clash. Time will not end. And one day, sometime in the future, I will swing back to counterbalance the left, who will be running the nation amuck.