I titled this post "Minor Matter" because it is not high on my priority list but I feel a small need to address it succinctly and quickly.
Politics. In my life there are family members who do not share the same political views that I do. Unfortunately, after being subjected to more than one diatribe about my ignorant opinions and the lousy-ness of my Republican president, I chose not to send any more emails to these people. Keep in mind that one family member gave no thought to reaming me out and pulling out her Democratic soapbox and sending it to MY friends. I absolutely do not disagree that everyone is entitled to their opinions. I do disagree VERY STRONGLY with bad manners. This person showed a complete lack of grace and tolerance when she went on the offensive and brought my email recipients into it. I felt that an appropriate response was an email from her to me only saying, "Listen, I don't appreciate these right-sided emails. You know my politics. Please do not send any like this to me anymore. Thank you. I love you. Auntie."
IT IS NOT HER OPINIONS THAT OFFEND ME.
It was her complete and utter disregard of gracious manners. I cannot even begin to count the number of anti-Bush and pro-Democrat emails I received last year. Not once did I reply to the sender (and/or their email recipients) with an angry, offensive PRO REPUBLICAN tongue lashing. I hit the delete button and moved on to my next email. Que sera sera.
Unfortunately, again, I shared an article written by Peter Heck regarding Obama's "arrogant Americans" speech in Europe. I am assuming that one of the few people I shared it with sent it on to this particular Democratic aunt because I woke up this morning to another diatribe about my continued smearing of the president and another lecture about lack of respect for family. She also apparently found an address for the friend that forwarded it to me and sent a scathing reply to said friend.
I'm not changing my politics or my opinions. I believe in what I believe in. I know what I see and what I hear. If Obama and his supporters don't want negative press, then maybe he should keep the American bashing to a minimum. I'm just saying.
This post has gone on for entirely too long and I'm going to wrap it up. But one last word.
I will continue to expend my positive energy on positive causes that I believe in. I will not expend another minute on people like my Aunt Marcie or my Aunt Liz and their intolerancy.