Are you still here? I'm sure the title of this post will cause some readers to pass right by without further reading. In fact, that's exactly what is so discouraging. Why is the "p" word turning into a bad word in the USA?
This past weekend, while relaxing at my mom's place on the river, I tried to bring up politics on several occasions (I mean, how could I not with the DNC last week, the RNC this week and all the news items about Palin!) and everyone literally went running. Maybe I'm crazy in that I love politics and think it's vitally important to the future of our country to discuss the issues.
In the end, my brother-in-law sat with Pete and I and discussed some of the issues. He is far to the right and I am on the other end of the spectrum -- a serious liberal. At first he was very defensive, but in the end I hope he understood that there is common ground and that open communication is the only way that this country can go forward. Getting hung up on a single issue (2nd amendment for him) is no way to accomplish anything. This kind of single issue divisiveness is a tactic used by politicians and we must not let them get away with it.
So if you are still here, I'm glad. It makes me feel a little less lonely and a bit more hopeful.
I could go on and on about everything going on with the presidential election -- I'll suffice it to say that I'm loving it. It gets me fired up!
Oh -- and don't feel too badly for me. I'm married to a fellow lover of politics.