I took my books by and about Hillary Clinton and thought I might find some moments for study while vacationing in Lake Tahoe, California with our family. But my children and grandchildren were too irresistible and I chose spending time with them instead. They are amazing people and how I vote is heavily weighted in their favor.
The constellation of our family is brilliantly unique and we are the richer for it. Some of us are white, some of us are black, some of us are Mexican, some of us are Japanese and all of us are awesome. We’re married, single, divorced and living together. We are represented by many belief systems including Christianity and Atheism. Our ages range from 6 months to 67 yrs old. We are heterosexual, bisexual, transsexual, lesbian and chaste. Some of us love baseball, some of us love Salsa Dancing & Zumba, some of us love M.M.A. and all of us love bocce ball. And this weekend we ate spaghetti one night and hamburgers the next. We are blue-collar and white-collar workers and my husband and I are retired. The adults all find truth in both the Democrat and Republican Platforms and some of us voted for Bernie Sanders in the Primary. We respect our President and love our country.
I told them about my blogs about “finding” out about the real Hillary, (Finding Hillary ) and one of my children was interested. This small level of interest made me realize that many Americans are reluctant to research or take in any new information and some just don’t think they have the time. It’s also easier to go with the pundits on T.V., hate radio and the brief written word that corresponds to what they already “know”. Pick a team and go with it, kinda like a football game, except it’s not. And this “game” has lasting effects for the people we love.
There were four young boys at this gathering and watching them I couldn’t help but wonder which one might decide to join the service and perhaps see combat. Several of our family members have served. I’ve already lost one grandson to gun violence so if the gun laws don’t change will I lose another? And the baby girl sitting on our laps and crying to be breast-fed and cuddled, will she be assaulted and her perpetrator given a sentence typical of a first offense DUI? Brock Turner Freed in Sexual Assault Case. And what if crisis takes away a mother or father, will it be a campaign season where helping the needy doesn’t sell? It makes me shudder.
The love I have for my family and the challenge of the breadth of our diversity has given me a lot to consider. I’ll pick up my pen and consolidate my note taking in my search to find the truth about Hillary. It’s a lot of time and dedication, but my family is worth it. And my vote is precious to me. I won’t surrender it for anyone.