Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Shield thee eyes, oh ye Republicans!

On Sunday, after a nice Mother's Day brunch, we were sitting in the living room with my family, watching golf. The conversation somehow turned to the forbidden one: Politics.

I have always been quite conservative in my viewpoints. Never budging on how I felt about very specific issues. I voted for GWB in that last two elections, and I would have never even considered doing anything different at that time. In this last election, I wanted him to prove whether or not he could finish that task that he started. The War. As the last 4 years have progressed, my viewpoints on how things should be have changed tremendously. I attribute it partially to my growth and maturity as a citizen of this country. I credit part of it to a husband, with a great deal of patience, who makes me see things from a different perspective. In any case, I have slowly seen myself move from being a rigid conservative to a bit more of an independent. An in-betweener, if you will.

So, when the conversation took the turn it did, I wanted to bury my head in the couch. I blurted out that I had just bought two Obama maternity t-shirts online. That I was excited about the prospect of a new government, of a fresh start. My Dad and Nancy started to go on and on about how poor of a decision voting for Barack Obama would be. Trying to sway my viewpoint. I respect theirs as well, and I sat and listened. However, I am not a kid anymore. My views can be different than theirs and I am confident that I am making an educated choice by choosing Barack. I see him as someone that can change this country. I don't see that from John McCain, nor have I seen that from the Republican party at all in recent times. Politics is an interesting topic. One I have enjoyed delving into. When it comes to discussing it deeply with family, though, I don't expect us to agree. I can still be a Christian, and be a Democrat. I can still be me, and not agree with a Republican president. That is the bottom line. On my way out the door, my Dad said, "I still love you, even though you are voting for Obama."

So, now you will understand the irony, when I came home last night and found my t-shirts on the doorstep. I had a nice chuckle about our Mother's Day conversation, and I sported my new shirt all night long.

This one is for you, Dad. (I love ya' bunches!)

6 comments:

Amanda said...

Tell your dad he can adopt me... I am not a loon! ;)

The Loucks Family said...

That is hilarious! Love the shirt, although I do not love the candidate. :-) I am a republican myself, I label myself more of a "Reagan Conservative" though and am not a fan of McCain (I was initially excited for Romney). Can't say who I'm going to vote for as I don't feel any of the candidates are up for the task. All I can say is, I can't look at Hillary's ugly mug for 4 years....
:-)

ms leo said...

awesome shirt emily - i think it's great! ;)

Erin Marie said...

That is HILARIOUS! I LOVE the shirt. (Oh, Kammi (sp?) said the same thing. Oh well, I LOLed, too.)

Robert said...

Amanda consider yourself my adopted daughter-Obama will be a disaster for this country and he will never win anyway.Curtis if you were a businessman-oh never mind.
Dad

Beth said...

Love it! The shirt, the story, the family dynamics. Love it all.