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To my family who chose Trump over me: Was it worth it?

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''Was it worth it?' That was the poignant and wise question a family member posed on Facebook after Joe Biden became President-elect. It's a question I've grappled with for four years now. More specifically: Was your blind loyalty to President Donald Trump, a person you've never met, worth burning our family to the ground?'

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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You are intelligent enough to understand that the Democrats will never get committed Evangelical Christians who are faithful to the teachings of Christ and who are often staunch limited government conservatives, or the vote of secular limited government conservatives.

I left the GOP in 1970 because they were too socialist for me. But I did vote for Trump because I oppose the Statist Collectivism and Biblical immorality of the Dems regarding abortion and homosexual behavior.

I'm 71 and refused Medicare because I consider it and Medicaid to be communist redistribution of wealth programs, so I have no support for continuing or expanding Obamacare which is also mostly a redistribution of wealth program (86% receiving taxpayer subsidy).

add in the threat by both Biden and Harris (and most Democrats) to seize our firearms and there is nothing that could get us to vote for a Democrat.

Submitted on Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 at 8:13:12 PM

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But you might ask why CNN did not write an article entitled, "To my family who chose Biden over me: Was it worth it?" The opening paragraph would then continue, slightly changing the original, "Was your blind hatred of President Donald Trump, a person you've never met, worth burning our family to the ground?"

Obviously (to me, anyway) the alternative questions make as much sense as the actual ones. But to many people who voted for Biden, they would seem unintelligible.

Submitted on Friday, Nov 13, 2020 at 1:21:38 AM

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Now that you mention it, it's interesting...I have heard many stories of Trump dividing families well before this election...I would be surprised if any families got divided by Biden before the election.

Submitted on Friday, Nov 13, 2020 at 4:28:30 AM

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Why would that surprise you? Imagine an older couple who vote Republican with a child in her twenties who is angry with her parents and yells at them over dinner.

I'm not sure what you mean, anyway, in saying that someone who supports Trump is the one doing the "dividing". Isn't it a symmetric situation, where both parties are responsible for discord?

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I can well understand why you linked this article, Meryl Ann. It's a terribly sad commentary on how destructive partisan differences can be to relationships, even close ones. This story is by far the most extreme example I've heard, and I certainly hope it's uncommon.

Wishful thinking seems to guide most voters -- actually, most people on most decisions -- but that doesn't necessarily lead to excommunication of those seen to be thinking different things, although it does seem more common now when the "different thinkers" aren't family members. Healing a deep rift can't be easy; regaining lost respect and trust never is.

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Yes this is a tricky situation. Earlier in my life, political differences were more like differences of opinion, now they seem to be an ethical divide.

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