You Said It Mr. Jefferson!

There’s this lady who works across the hall from me who NEVER STOPS TALKING. And most of what she talks about is the “sad” state of the world and our country and president in particular. She has opinions and she’s not shy about sharing them.

I think most of us have opinions about the state of our world -sad or not- and while most of us don’t share those opinions CONSTANTLY and AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS, we do like to give vent occasionally. My boss -a die-hard Democrat- likes to drop in at the end of the day and talk a little smack about Governor Perry and unfunded, state mandated directives. It’s so skinny, that line between respecting your boss and laughing at his proclivity to vote Democrat even though he has conservative values.

What’s your opinion of mixing politics and friends? Or politics and bosses? Or politics and family? I tend to agree with Thomas Jefferson who said, “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” I’ll certainly never change anyone’s mind by withdrawing. Of course neither will I change anyone’s mind by shouting. Proverbs 25:15 (AMP) says, “By long forbearance and calmness of spirit a judge or ruler is persuaded, and soft speech breaks down the most bonelike resistance.”

Tonight, mix a little politics with your family and friends, always keeping in mind that we must “Educate and inform the whole mass of the people… They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” Jefferson again.

And then tomorrow go out and vote.

Below is a Voter Information Tool put together by the Voting Information Project. This tool will provide polling place locations and ballot information for the 2014 election across a range of technology platforms. The project provides official election information to voters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and voters can find answers to common questions such as “Where is my polling location?” and “What’s on my ballot?” through the convenience of their phone or by searching the web. So basically, no excuses for not voting.

And my favorite quote of all: “Those who don’t vote have no right to rant bitch gripe- KC Smallwood

 

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2 thoughts on “You Said It Mr. Jefferson!

  1. We try not to talk politics in my family because there is such a deep divide. By “we” I mean me, because my relatives are not inhibited about sharing their opinions. But there isn’t going to be anyone changing anyone’s minds no matter how civilized and compassionate we keep the conversation. But it’s funny, the only thing my dad and I have ever agreed on in politics is we can’t stand Rick Perry! Thanks for the voting reminder, we voted on the last day of early voting!

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