I HAVE A VOICE
Thursday, October 10, 2019
I remember how nervous Mom would get whenever I would bring up the president and national affairs. You see, politics were never discussed in our home. Ever. She would tell me; “Please stop! Nice people don’t discuss such things.” I’ve never known a nicer person that my mother, and she let me know with great certainty that discussing politics can create contention.
I respected my parent’s wishes and left politics alone for the most part. As a young adult, I didn’t understand the difference between Democrats and Republicans or what happened to Nixon or what the word impeachment meant. Once I figured it out, I learned about the issues that mattered to me.
My maternal grandma Harriet Bullard, voted in local elections before women had the right to vote nationally. Maybe political involvement skipped a generation in my family. She also headed up the Republican Party in the New Salem, Mass area for a while. Mom is a staunch, life-long Republican but I never knew why. I became a Republican because somehow I was taught that true Christians are always Republicans. The liberals were labeled anti-christ, and their words would poison my mind if I listened to them. That was another ploy to keep me from listening to people with other opinions.
When I went through the divorce, a lot of things in my life changed. Divorce broke me, and I realized that I did not have all the answers that I thought that I had. I thought that divorce did not happen to people who were honoring God. Divorce would not happen to me because I was a praying loving wife and mother. I learned that I had to learn to forgive myself, my ex-husband, and learn from my mistakes. I needed to learn to listen. Divorce hurt like hell, but I became a better, kinder and less judgmental person through the process. God bless the broken road that led me to the truth.
One day I gave up on being nice and got involved in discussions, and then I changed from Republican to Democrat. I was mocked and ridiculed for my stand on climate change, immigration and Democratic Presidential candidates, especially Barack Obama. The greater the contention, the more I read and studied. I made up my own mind on what was right. I gained friends and lost a few along the way. I have a voice, and I'm not afraid to use it respectfully.