Saturday, November 7, 2009
Politics and My Family
Did you hear about crazy Michele Bachmann calling for an "anti-everything Obama" rally in Washington D.C. last week? There were hundreds of "tea-partiers" there with signs calling our President all kinds of names like Socialist, Nazi, and non-American. The other day I spoke to my mother on the phone and found out my stepfather, his son and grandson were all planning to attend.
Okay, how do I deal with this? I love my mom and stepdad. They are kind, well-meaning people. But I am appalled by their politics. They watch Fox News. They listen to Rush Limbaugh. They admire Sarah Palin. Thanksgiving is coming up. We will all be gathered at my sister's house. My brother-in-law is a dyed-in-the-wool Republican, too. He teases me about voting for Obama, calling him "my boy". It offends me. I don't say much, though, because I am outnumbered in my family. I would rather just not talk about politics when I am with them. But what if they bring it up?
When I lived in Philadelphia, all my friends were Obama supporters. I was used to being around like-minded people. Now I live close to my family, and I am in the minority. Of course, I love my family; but I can't abide their politics. It is very uncomfortable. I miss being with people with whom I can relax. If you can't relax around your own family (but you still love them) what can you do? I would like to move back to Philadelphia, but my husband thinks I am overreacting. What would you do?