I found this team via the 'I'm for Obama' team. It is like plunging into a refreshing pool of cool water on a very hot day, or curling up in front of the wood stove on a frigid winter day. I can't decide--refreshing or comforting? Maybe both!
I grew up in a hyper-conservative home--my father really should be living on a compound in Montana. I love him dearly and we finally have come to a place where we just do not discuss politics. My mother whispered to me more than once that she and my father always 'canceled out' each others' vote. On the other hand, he is also a raving atheist. So being conservative and being religious have never been firmly linked in my mind. He rails against 'bible thumpers (his words) but has only voted Republican since he could vote. We grew up with him ranting about the Kennedy's as 'shanty Irish bastards (once again, his words) and was amazed and grateful that when I left home I realized that he really is an odd duck and it is possible for rational thought in politics. Although I feel like there has been a dearth of rational thought in politics over the past 8 years. I was completely gob-smacked when Bush 'won' the first time--we call him the 'president select' in our house--and flabbergasted when he 'won' the second time. I am losing faith in our collective ability to think and act rationally when it comes to politics and politicians.
I am also stunned at what my daughter tells me are the views of most of her peers in high school on the current presidential election. Most people she talks to about politics are for McCain/ Palin because of all kinds of scurrilous information which has gotten out there and is being taken seriously. The most common reasons are: Palin is a strong female role model and we should vote for her. No one will vote for a black man, so don't vote for Obama. Obama is a muslim and therefore a terrorist. Obama does not have enough experience to be president.
So, we scan the media and internet for talking points for her to use in response to what we perceive as nonsense. I know I am going to find all kinds of great information here!
'Give a giant room and you will house a giant and not a smaller man' Emily Dickinson
"One good laugh is worth a thousand right answers" Ancient Chinese Proverb
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