Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Smartest Thing

So, the GOP won a few elections. Woo-hoo!

It's too bad that the winners of those elections aren't going to do anything different than any other politician does when they win the election. They are not going to fulfill their campaign promises. They are not going to try to effect change. They are going to continue the stagnation of the political spectrum and crush the hopes and dreams of the people who elected them into office.

My main question here: Why are you a Democrat/Republican?

I can answer that question for the majority of people: You are a Democrat/Republican because your parents were, your grandparents were, your great-grandparents were and down through the generations to the founding of America.

Probably 85% of the time people don't choose their political party, it is chosen for them by their parents.

Well, let me tell you, the smartest thing (like how I tied in the title of the post) my parents ever did was . . . let us choose our own political affiliation.

My parents never once, never, while we were growing up, discussed politics with us. Not. Once. By the time I turned 18 and could register to vote . . . I had no clue to my parents' political affiliation. Not! A! Clue!

My parents believed in their children enough to let them decide things on their own without providing undue influence.

Now, if I'd asked, I'm sure Mom or Dad might have said well, we're . . . Then again, they might have said well, you need to make this decision on your own, based on your feelings, and not ours. I'd really like to think they'd go with that option. In fact, they did go with that option by not influencing me at all.

They did that with a lot of other things as well.

My siblings and I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. My parents were from the South. My siblings and I never knew our parents were prejudice until we were all grown, out of the house, and had our own lives?


Well, because being highly intelligent individuals, my parents didn't enforce their belief systems on their children. They didn't enforce their religious beliefs, their political beliefs, or anything on us. They let us make our own decisions, and some mistakes as well . . . and learn from those decisions, and the mistakes. Oh, and trust me, my political affiliation wasn't one of the mistakes. The perm in the 90s . . . yeah, that was a mistake!

The sad thing with our current political system, and the voters electing these people into office - the majority of them probably have no clue why they are voting Republican/Democrat. They're just like lemmings - following the leader off the cliff to their ultimate death.

Just because a person's parents vote Republican/Democrat, doesn't mean said person has to vote the same way. Unfortunately, too few people realize this truly amazing fact of life.

So, the GOP wins some, the Democrats win some, each side claims VICTORY and yet, there is no victory because the American people are the ones who suffer because the politicians all go in to office with an agenda that has nothing, absolutely nothing to do with the promises they made to get elected in the first place. I'm just saying . . .



CKHB said...

I grew up in a mixed household -- mom was Democrat, dad was Republican. Of course, we lived in NYC, and a NY Republican is a different animal from the GOP in the rest of the country. In NYC, I have voted for candidates who ran on BOTH the Republican AND liberal tickets at the same time.

I am a Democrat because there are certain platforms that are non-negotiable for me, and that's the team that defends those rights. I'm probably a 2- or 3-issue voter.

I wouldn't have thought that a parent's political affiliations would have that much impact on their kids. Certainly not as much as religion. Or sports teams.

But maybe I'm wrong?

Scott said...

CKHB - it's amazing how much influence parents have over their children's choices. I have many friends who, when I asked why they're Republican/Deomocrat, responded: well, it's how my parents voted. I think many voters get lost in the ideals of the party, and sacrifice something of themselves in the process.