Seriously, Can’t We All Just Get Along?

6 09 2008

I’m seriously astonished by the lack of tolerance in the world. Yep, I’m actually going to discuss politics today, sort of. I have been volunteering for the Obama campaign (and before you start telling me that my views are wrong, etc, let me just stop you now by saying that this in not that kind of blog, so just unclench and let me finish!) and I’m really enjoying it because of all of the people that I’m meeting.

Today, I volunteered to help register people to vote, plus we sold yard signs and buttons. An older gentleman came up to our table and started talking about Obama and how he’ll always be a n*****, started arguing his politics, etc. At this time, the Baby was in the tent with me, so I was pretty unhappy that this guy dropped the N-bomb in front of my 3 year old. At that time, I asked him not to use that kind of language in front of my daughter and he scolded me, calling me a bad mother for exposing my young daughter to a communist like Obama. At that point, I just smiled and realized that further conversation was just plain pointless, so I politely asked him if his voter registration was current and to be sure to vote his conscience in November. He looked surprised and I let him know that we would probably never agree on politics and that was okay, but I also didn’t have to listen to him using that kind of language around my child and that I would appreciate it if he would just move along. Someone else drove past our table, rolled down the window, and flipped us off. Why was that even necessary?