A House Divided

It is upon us again. We are called upon to choose our next President. I know who I am voting for. And I know that whoever votes for the other guy is wrong, misguided, easily-duped, etc. Whether you agree with me and my guy or—ahem—the other guy, you no doubt feel the same way.

I used to vote one way. Now I vote the other way. Most of my family votes the way I used to vote. I was just as convinced of about my 'rightness' then as I am about their 'wrongness' now. The thing is, though, we have more than enough to argue and fight about without dragging politics into it.

I know that no matter how right I am there is almost nothing I can say that will convince them that they are wrong. Likewise, the most well-reasoned argument will not likely change my mind. And those futile efforts would only result in hard words and hurt feelings.

So we don't.

We argue about a lot of things but we don't argue about politics. We go about our lives—them watching their news, me watching mine—without discussing it. We don't make sarcastic comments about our respective candidates.

We don't talk (argue) about politics because despite our differences we still all respect each other to realize that we are entitled to our opinions. And we love each other enough to not want to hurt each other's feelings. There is precious little to be gained by trying to convince people who are just as stubborn as I am. And there is much to be lost in the attempt.

My point is just this: You have family and friends who are complete idiots for voting for the wrong guy. But, they aren't idiots. They just disagree with you. You should put more value in the relationships you have with them than in your loyalty to an ideology, a political party, or some guy running for office.

Be nice to each other. Go vote and shut up about it.