When it comes to politics, I’ve been called a few things and taken a few “hits” for being a moderate liberal. “Bleeding heart”, “unenlightened”, among other references such as, “You’re STILL a Democrat?” (Still? After what?) I shrug it off to ignorance. 🙂
Speaking of ignorance, I must confess that when I went to vote today on Super Tuesday, I didn’t realize I was only voting for ONE thing (person). Hence, as I was registering at the table, which happens to be at the clubhouse in my suburban upper middle-class neighborhood (convenient for sure!), I checked the box marked “non-partisan” ballot. The nice elderly gentleman volunteering his time promptly corrected me. “Oh, you can’t choose non-partisan in Georgia.” He then pointed to the “Republican” box and said, “You probably meant THIS box. Most people do.” Ha!
Despite his best efforts, I checked the “Democrat” box, so I could vote along those lines…I’ll confess that I’ve voted Republican in the past and Independent once as well, so I don’t put myself in any political “boxes.” Hate that they make me do that. But as a good citizen of this country, I had to do that today.
A younger gentleman, also volunteering, then told me that there are actually two states in this country where you can select “Communist.” What?? I asked him which states, but he declined to tell me. The elderly gentleman then added, “They have to be up North.” Ha! (My daughter later fact-checked this for me, and it just isn’t true. Not since the Red Scare.)
Proudly raised in the Blue state of Minnesota, I shrugged off a tad bit of offensive and carried on down the line so I could cast my vote.
The question I was left with is: Do I look like a Republican? What does a Republican look like? What does a Democrat look like? What’s the assumption? Are we really that blind? Still?
I’m not sure how I’ll vote in November. The jury will be out on that after we endure months of lunacy. I will stay informed, with the help of my three very politically minded adult children (all 3 of which have different favorite candidates). It’s still a privilege and a pleasure to be able to vote in this great country of ours.
If you’ve had an interesting experience today, I’d love to hear it!