I just got back from a lovely weekend in Motown.
I spent time with my family, my husband’s family, and some of our friends.
We talked. We laughed. We watched the kids play.
I shared a beer with my sister-in-law. Sparred briefly with my brother-in-law. Caught up with one of my favorite aunts, and giggled as two of my best friends engaged in their usual friendly bickering.
Some of them are democrats. Some are staunch republicans. And some hold tight to their independent status.
But you know what? At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how they vote.
I love them all.
My aunt and I will never agree on abortion. My brother-in-law and I will never agree on, well, anything political. Even my dad and I have differing views.
And that’s okay.
We’re all allowed to have our own opinions.
We’re all allowed to vote differently at the polls.
That’s what makes this country strong.
Without that kind of political debate? Well, we’d just be another China.
Too many people forget that.
Too many people are trying to turn every political argument into an insurmountable us vs. them divide.
And if you ask me? That’s just dumb.
Mitt Romney might get elected. Really. He might.
If that happens, I will be terribly sad.
I will also be pulling my hair out (and screaming in frustration) for the next four years.
But a lot of my family members have been pulling their hair out for the last four years.
That’s just the way it goes.
Can we please just try to remember that over the next two months?
Things are going to get ugly. Arguments are going to get heated. But at the end of the day, we’re all just people trying to do what we think is right (except for the politicians. They’re just trying to get elected).
Don’t say things you can’t take back.
Don’t call people names just because they don’t agree with you.
We all have to live together, no matter who’s ruling the country.
And the people of this country? Are way more important than the people who rule it.