It’s funny… my much-better-half’s aunt sent me an e-mail today, one that had been forwarded in the form of a petition with her name way down at the end of a list, some several hundred names long.
These kinds of petitions I always delete, but coming from her Aunt, I gave it a read. Politics, on my side of the family, are discussed in the same way some families treat sports. We’ll sit across a table and shout at one another and still be in perfect agreement. On my much-better-half’s side, the subject of politics was always touchy, and I learned early on not to rock the boat. That I and they were polar opposites politically was always a tough road to hoe, but we managed (not in any small part that traditional Democrats are not terribly unreasonable, and her family was very reasonable).
So her Aunt’s petition was addressed to President Bush, asking him to override a move in Congress to allow Social Security benefits to illegal aliens. When I reminded her Aunt that Senator Santorum and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives agreed with her, she was a little bent out of shape.
On the upside, she probably won’t send me any more forwarded petitions… and who knows, she may see the light and vote Republican. Change can happen!
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