"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.
Eh truth be told I have done this before, but not on Thanksgiving. I just really don't care about my grandmother, aunts, and uncle's uninformed opinions on politics. They can have their extreme views, but I don't want to talk with them about it.
Boston: City of Champions. New England Patriots: 2001, 2003, and 2004 Boston Red Sox: 2004, 2007 and 2013 Boston Celtics: 2008 Boston Bruins: 2011 Boston University Men's Hockey: 2008
In some circles is it very bitter. Much worse than before the election and in real, personal ways.
It also has affected people's sense of being charitable. A "let the government take care of it now" attitude that many have.
There is an old fella put in a wheelchair permanently after an accident, his wife promptly leaving him. That forced him to sell his house, and rented one in the neighborhood. Other than a daily visiting nurse, all alone day and night. No one really noticed. One day one of the very elderly neighbors saw him on his dock, struggling between trying to hold onto his boat and the dock - him stuck in the middle trying not to fall in. If he had, he'd have drown. That old person got him back on the dock as the boat tried to drift away from the dock, learned his situation, and spread the word. Clearly he was completely isolated and desperately lonely.
So in a sense, without saying to him, people organized to find time to visit, take him boating, shooting, shopping and just hang around watching Tv with him etc. No one had to do that, just did. The neighbors just doing their part at their own time and expense, not really getting anything in return.
After the election one night with a few people over, he commented about Obama winning and "now you people are going to have to pay more for your fair share." When asked what THAT meant (everyone going over has supported Romney), he explained how they have so much and he so little, so they should have to pay more. He was really gloating about, laughing in "us" and "them" terms, in which the people visiting and running him around were "them." How people like them should have to pay more taxes for people like him. They all got up and left. No one visits anymore. Let Obama and the government take care of him.
He now sometimes rolls himself out by the street waving at people as they drive by. People wave back, but don't stop. I wonder if he even understands why? Probably decided they are evil Republicans not doing their duty to him.
We still stop by, but not as often because its just us and him. When he started that up with us, my wife told him if he says another word about it she's leaving and will never come back. I was a bit more blunt: "Shut the f/ck up old man." That he understood. What he said was, "ok, ok, I can respect that."
I'm seeing dozens of variations of how the election has driven hard wedges against people on real, personal levels, not just changes in many employer-employee relationships (including many now ex-employees.)
Last edited by joko104; 11-23-12 at 02:18 PM.