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When there's a Republican in the family

November 12th, 2016 at 08:01 pm

My dad is about as staunch a Republican as they come. He considers himself an Independent, not tied to any party, but the truth is there was only one time when he voted for a Democratic; it was for Clinton, not sure which time.

I also have a lifelong friend who is a fervent Republican; he enjoys needling me and drawing me into a contentious argument, which I really dislike. I've asked him several times to let's just avoid talking politics since niether one of us is going to change the other's mind, so what's the point?

He still likes to get his little digs in so i've actually been avoiding his phone calls since election day.

I brought my dad to the eye doctor. He has macular degeneration and now has to get injections in his one good eye roughly every month, for life.

The doctor said that up until just about 12 years ago, there wasn't really much in the way of treatments for macular degeneration, and people would slowly go blind. Now they have drugs, this being one of them, that can be used for the "wet" phase of MD. (It starts out as "dry.") Wet refers to leakage of blood vessels that later causes scarring that blocks vision, so the idea of the drug is to arrest further leakage, although vision loss is still a possibility. The drug helps i think he said 70% of people and some even show slight improvement in vision. Dad has pretty much lost all vision in his left eye but his right eye is close to 20/20. For that reason, the doc said any improvement dad might experience would likely be to a much smaller degree than someone with worse vision.

Anyway, they kept us there about 2.5 hours and as we sat in the waiting room, we unfortunately got into a political debate. He insists that Hilary was given the questions to at least one debate prior to its start. He was surprised I hadn't heard about this. I went home and googled it and only came up with a bunch of obviously Republican or pro-Trump sites that spoke of this. Only 2 legit news organizations that included Fox News and USA Today.

Anyway, note to self, AVOID talking politics with dad. It's a lost cause and we really do have such a nice relationship and I don't want to muck it up.

It would be soooo tempting to mention how Trump is trying to get his court date pushed back to after he becomes president. You know, where he's being sued in a class action lawsuit related to Trump University ripping off a bunch of people. Our President.

9 Responses to “When there's a Republican in the family”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    Trump has cheated many, many people over the years. Have you seen this?

    I have some very fervent Trump supporters in my family, too. I became aware of this at my cousin's funeral last month. They think he is just fabulous. They have a granddaughter who did modeling and pageants in her teens. I wonder how they would feel if he had barged into her dressing room and ogled her, as he did to many underage pageant contestants. I would hope they would think less of him, but I don't know.

    So, I feel your pain.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I know of at least 3 family members who voted for Trump. One who's constantly posting pro-Trump stuff on FB. It's all I can do to not respond.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I have Republicans in the family. I hope Thanksgiving won't be awkward.

  4. AnotherReader Says:

    Patient Saver - here's a link to a Washington Post article talking about Donna Brazile leaking CNN debate questions to Hillary's Chief of Staff. These were during the Democratic party debates. CNN has since dropped her.

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    I learned this election cycle to look at a LOT of news sources from both sides.

  6. AnotherReader Says:

    CCF, I agree, you won't get the whole picture unless you check many news sources.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    CNN actually confirmed and fired the lady that leaked questions to Clinton. It was in several less than conservative newspapers at the time and all of the conservative ones. I have been a little research maven lately and have gotten pretty good at finding things. I would not call these conservative sources. Here are six more in addition to the WaPo and the USA Today ones. Hope that helps. So why didn't you bring up Trump's shenanigans? Were you just too tired to deal with it anymore or does he make you so mad you might lose you temper with your father? That's a big risk for me with my mother. I try to never talk politics with her.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    Petunia--I don't know about PS, but I hadn't seen that one. Thanks for the link.

  9. ceejay74 Says:

    Yes, it was the dem primary debate, not a Trump-Clinton debate. DNC definitely had their finger on the scale during primaries. Very frustrating.

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