I was lucky growing up. I had two parents who cared for me and looked after me as well as two older siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents who did the same. I was also lucky because my family allowed me to develop my own political views and views on social issues. On election days when I got home from school my family would receive a barrage of questions about who they voted for from me but, they never quite gave me a straight answer. They would say they voted for the white guy, or the guy with brown hair. I would think to myself “okay” and at the time those answers sufficed. As I look back though, I feel hoodwinked, bamboozled, and cheated out of a straight forward answer. I am also grateful for those answers. I am grateful because those answers never swayed what I thought about certain candidates or a certain party.
Some of my friends didn’t have the same privilege as me though. One of my friends political views are so skewed by his fathers that when ever Obama appears on t.v. he screams, so he doesn’t have to hear Obama speak. Or in one case he called me a liberal scum when I proved to him and his father that their views on a certain topic were backwards and would actually hinder society. My friend also said Donald Trump would make a good president so he added some weirdness to his fathers political views.
I’m not saying that families shouldn’t discuss politics with their children but, older family members should be weary of talking ill of a certain politician or political party. Children are very impressionable and a person whom they look up to saying “democrats are dumb asses” resonates with children long after that person has forgotten they’ve said it. Since those children have heard their father or grandfather say “republicans are dumb asses” they hold those words to be fact rather than opinion. And their belief of our statements to be true usually ends up with them being more radical, more far left or far right without any real understanding of why they believe these things. So if your a parent, a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle, or just somebody able to vote with another person looking up to you, be weary of what you say around the youngsters. If you don’t this country may be ran by radicals of the far left or far right and this country may see more turmoil than ever before.