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What It's Like Living In A Politically Divided Home

Politics are often never discussed in my household for a very obvious reason. Someone will either end up mad or almost dead and you know the silent treatment will come into play at some point.

Since I was little, I can remember politics being off limits and here’s why. My father is a farmer so naturally, he was raised to be very, and I mean very, conservative. It just comes with the stereotype of being a farmer. Whereas my mother is a public school teacher so to no surprise at all, she’s a Democrat. Yet again another stereotype.

I remember when I was little, the rare time's politics did come up it was bad. There was yelling and disagreeing and one telling the other they are flat out wrong. It was a side of my parents I had never seen before. Naturally, I sat back and watched as I laughed at the whole situation because, at the time, I didn’t care about laws or what President Bush was doing.

Now that I’m older and actually know what they’re talking about, they try to drag me into the situation which just makes things worse. Politics are also brought up a lot more now, especially since President Trump has been in office because of course one loves him and everything he’s doing and the other can’t stand him.

Looking back now, I’m glad I grew up in a home with a democratic and republican parent. I heard both parties point of views whereas, in an all republican home, you’re only going to get to hear the conservative’s point of view. It really helped me figure out where I stand on certain issues and how I wanted to label myself when it came time for me to vote.

It showed me that before I form my own opinion or figure out where I stand on an issue, I need to do my research on what both parties are saying and standing for.


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