Politics won't split family

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I have never been one to hide my political points of view. Just ask my friends and co-workers, and they will tell you that I am passionate about my politics and do not concede to anyone.

This also can be said about the differences between my father and I. Dad and I are worlds apart when discussing politics. Of coarse, there is 30-year difference in age, and that is a lifetime. We are educationally far apart, and because of these differences, we see the world in very different ways.

My father was educated in a different time with different values. His view and understanding of what he believed to be important is the primary cause of such division. At age 82, it is unlikely he could ever see another point of view. But nonetheless I try.

He has lived through trials and tribulations in a period of political history that molded his thinking. In his mind, the rights and wrongs of political parties and of contemporary politics are the correct way of thinking, which is 180 degrees from my way of thinking. My attempts to bring him over to my side has become an exercise in futility, just as his argument falls flat to me. This has been the same for years.

I finally decided to live and let live and set aside politics during my visits. And it worked for a while. But try as I might to not bring up politics, it once again reared its ugly head and seeped out, resulting in a rehashing of old arguments. I should know better.

But with all the rancor brought on by two stubborn people, we still embrace as father and son, and love each other. The differences are not great enough to tear us apart. So we accept our differences, knowing that we will never come to terms under only one point of view. But the one thing we do know is that we are still father and son, and love each other deeply.

Larry Rodgers

Evans

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Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/09/13 - 06:53 am
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Politics and Family

Well written, Mr. Rodgers.
I refrain from partisan debate in the work place for that very reason. My spouse, whom I love dearly, and I do not agree on politics so I am not about to ruin work relations with people who matter far less. My apology if this next statement sounds self-serving, but I was paid a high compliment one day by a former student who said she could not guess which party I favored based on my classroom lectures but my principles of humanity were never a mystery. That made my day! People would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.

Sounds like you and your dad have reached that conclusion. God bless you both.

deestafford
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deestafford 03/09/13 - 09:17 am
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I'm just glad

there are no liberals in my family. Mother and Daddy did a good job of rearing us to believe in what the Founding Fathers beliefs for this country were. We have passed these same concepts and views on to our children.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 03/09/13 - 09:29 am
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It wasn't so long ago

that people were taught to put God and family ahead of country, something that's been largely undone by conservative media, ironically enough.

Darby
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Darby 03/09/13 - 10:19 am
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You are SO right...

You SHOULD know better....

When my dad disagreed with me, I kept my mouth shut... out of respect. There are always no shortages of folks I can argue with. Just look around these boards for example.

Now, I have become my dad. I have better things to do than fight with my own about politics. My kids apparently feel the same way.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 03/09/13 - 10:16 am
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"It wasn't so long ago that
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"It wasn't so long ago that people were taught to put God and family ahead of country, something that's been largely undone by conservative media, ironically enough."

Please explain.

Darby
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Darby 03/09/13 - 10:22 am
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You've given a tough...

assignment, Angella. Really tough. Don't think he can do it.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 03/09/13 - 11:04 am
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It's getting late!

Mr. Rodgers, I'd be far more concerned with my 82 year old father's view of Christ and eternity than I would his politics. His view of this president changes nothing for him; but his view of Christ is the deal breaker. No offense intended to you, but time is of the essence. Priorities.

myfather15
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myfather15 03/09/13 - 03:29 pm
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In my opinion.....

This letter is nothing more than a subliminal way of saying the same thing Al Gore has stated numerous times to our youth today. The "Old" traditions of America are outdated, useless; and we "need" to move on to bigger and better things. I understand the letter writer is saying our differences shouldn't tear us apart, and they are right. BUT, it's not the differences that will tear us apart; but the fact that those believing the "new and improved" values, are shoving those values down everyones throat.

Whether WE THE PEOPLE believe or want them, or not; they are being shoved down our throats. We are told we are bigots, racists, sexists, homophobes, etc; because of our "Old traditional values"; which are outdated to them. The vast majority of the Country have voted down these "new" values, but that doesn't matter to THEM. They will circumvent the system and FORCE their will upon the people, using political correctness as their main tool. Using liberal federal judges to legislate their will upon the people. Demonizing anyone who disagrees with them is another tool they utilize.

chascushman
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chascushman 03/09/13 - 05:32 pm
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Myfather15, I find it strange
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Myfather15, I find it strange that left still believes the failed Marxist, communist, socialist programs of the past will work this time.

Jane18
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Jane18 03/09/13 - 07:07 pm
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Jon Lester's Comment..

Explain yourself, pleeeez......................

Jane18
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Jane18 03/09/13 - 07:08 pm
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Thumbs Up...

to Dee, Willow, and myfather!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 03/09/13 - 10:03 pm
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Thank God

my sons see my political point of view. They would have one heck of a time trying to change it after living 73 years in a Good America and with a Common Sense degree.

Lee Benedict
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Lee Benedict 03/09/13 - 10:24 pm
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"Of coarse"? Come on.

"Of coarse"? Come on.

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