reply to post by EllaMarina
Wow your story brought back memories. Back in 2000 I had a similar thing happen. You see my dad, who is heavily into politics and a strong Democrat
raised us all to vote often and most importantly vote our convictions. He also was a big fan of Ralph Nader until 2000 rolled around.
I told him prior to the election that I was doing as he taught me and voting for Nader since our state, PA would likely go for Gore anyway.
After the debacle of the 2000 election he blamed Nader and people like me who voted for him as "giving the election to George Bush".
I reminded him that, no, "the Secretary of State of Florida and the Supreme Court did that."
He then said we made it so that Gore couldn't win.
I responded to him that "If Al Gore had not run away from his views on global warming many of those who voted for the Green Party would have voted for
him. Therefore Gore beat himself by running from who he told us he was. He tried to be too many things to too many disparate interest. Had he stuck to
his guns people at least people would have known where he stood and been more enthusiastic about his candidacy."
My father and I didn't speak for a week after that. At one point even recently when the subject came up again he got angry about it.
I do not know how old your mom is but my father was born in 1927 and there's something about people that age, they tend to be very hard nosed about
their political views and often see everything as zero-sum, all or nothing. "If they win, the country will go to hell", etc.
Last week we talked about that election again and he thanked me for always voting, even when i voted my convictions because he said that he taught me
well in that I vote in every election.
We healed after about a week and 12 years later he admits I did the right thing.
Hopefully your mother will come around. Politics should not come between families any more than a difference in religion should. It's a personal
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