Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I have to vent

I have to vent tonight. Maybe AJ's post set me off, being overtired, spending the last 3.5 hours counting Homecoming ballots, or just the emails that I have been getting lately.

I am so sick and tired of being sent political emails. For some reason, they are always one-sided, but never the side I associate with. Oh who cares I will just say it: I vote Democrat. There, it's out. Most teachers do, so that shouldn't be a real surprise.

Here is the thing: I don't have a problem with people who vote differently than me. In fact, I welcome it. I am a social studies teacher. Voting at all is important to me. It's the people who send out things that bash the other side, make one side out to be criminals, cheaters, inexperienced, or whatever. Both sides are a little whacked if you ask me. ANY extreme in politics is out of my comfort zone.

Tonight, however, I got an email that I found to be so offensive. Let's just say that if you know the British term for cigarette, you might understand it. The jist of it was: "Welcome to _________, where you can marry a _______, but can't smoke one."
Are you seriously sending this to me???? Sadly, the person who sent it also sends me lots and lots of politically biased emails. I always hit delete and never respond. This time all I wrote was, "That is horrible." It's family, but not on my side if you know what I mean, so I didn't feel right flipping out.

People have a right to an opinion in America. You can be pro or anti anything. I draw the line when individuals try to convert me to one side or disregard how offensive I or others might find it. Joke or not, I took it to be very NOT funny.

Okay, I am about done ranting. It's time for bed. Another time I will discuss my issue with people who talk about how religious they are but judge & hate more than anyone.


ABCDH said...

YES! That is exactly how I felt yesterday too, which is why I put that blog up.

Anonymous said...

AMEN!!!! I am so with you on politics and religion. No wonder I like you so much! :o)


Jenay said...

Agreed! Don't start on the religion post because it might send me over the edge! That has always been a sore spot with me! Last summer we briefly had our kids in a home daycare that i despised. It really opened my eyes to how warped people's sense of religion can be.

Melissa said...

Go Bonnie!