Sing it, Sista' Aretha!!!!
Ok -- this is a rant. If you don't want to hear me rant, please turn away from the page.
I am a Democrat.
There. I said it.
I believe strongly in social justice. I happen to be what is a rare-bird at this point in time.... a Blue-Dog Democrat. Social Justice ... Fiscal Responsibility. I believe they can work together. Not sure how .... but I think they can.
I have never shied away from my political beliefs but I will not cram them down your throat.
They are my political beliefs. Like the clothes I wear. The flowers I plant. The life that I live. They are my beliefs. Although, occasionally I may share them .... they are still mine.
And I don't expect you to agree with them. Any more than you would wear my clothes or or live my life.
You believe what you want to believe. I believe what I want to believe.
This is America. And I thought political freedom came with religious freedom.
Yesterday .... I was "un-friended" by a "friend" because I told them that I was going to see the President of the United States.
It was a statement.
Not an invitation.
I'm going to see the leader of the free world and I am getting "un-friended".
And I am pissed.
Which leads me to my rant.
The vile hateful language that spews from Washington DC politicians and pundits .... is seeping into my peaceful, wonderful, friendly Midwest.
And I am tired of it.
It's not new. Hamilton and Burr dueled over political differences. And, once in a while, I wish dueling was still legal in DC again so the political spin-doctors would realize what their hateful, out-of-context, out-of-control lies are doing to this country!!!
And I am not taking sides on that statement!!! It is happening on both sides of the aisle.
Over the next 90 some days, I will share with you a part of my life.
It is not a campaign commercial. It is not a plea to join me.
It is a statement.
It is a part of my life.
It is who I am.
Like knitting, spinning, canning tomatoes, growing flowers and going to church. It is part of me. I have worked for a lot of campaigns in my life since 18 year-olds got the right to vote in 1972. I will continue doing it.
I always thought that getting involved in the political process was just being a good citizen.
I will respect and honor your views. I hope you will do the same.
You will not see political signs in my yard when I am open for business. You will not see bumper stickers on my car. I might wear a "I was there Day One" t-shirt from the 1988 Gary Hart campaign.
If I could get into it. :)
Respect ............. pass it on.