Thursday, July 14, 2011
A Democrat from Texas
Other then going to the Democrats Abroad annual Fourth of July party recently and voting when appropriate, I don't get involved in politics down here. No one that I know really talks about those things and if we are from opposite parties, we're respectful of the other person's views if the subject does come up in conversation.
Boy, that is not the case in the USA or Texas! I recently received a message from someone who discovered that I'm a Democrat. He said that he had no desire to continue corresponding with me as I was from the party that has destroyed the USA. Pretty strong stuff. But someone who would be that intolerant isn't someone that I would want to continue to correspond with anyway. He was from Texas. Although I wasn't born in Texas, I lived there 34 years and consider it "home" - whether I ever return or not.
It raises the question however, where has this intolerance come from? Is it the media dividing the country? Is it that people feel powerless to change the status quo so they only want to be with "their kind"? I truly don't know the answer and wonder what you think about this issue. Let me hear from you.
By the way, San Miguel is a counterpoint, in my humble opinion, to hostility and anger so I've sent a few street scenes that, to me, are calming and what life is all about.