Will Porter (will_porter) wrote,
Will Porter

TM249. Talk about politics

I was taught, as were most of us, that you never discuss politics or religion with friends. Or, you can, but just expect there to be a lot of fireworks if you don't agree on certain issues. Fireworks are great when you're debating things like the merits of "The Simpsons" versus those of "Family Guy," but when it comes to deeply held personal beliefs, things can pretty nasty pretty quickly.

But, since you asked...

I was raised in a strictly Republican household. Mom never voted or had any opinions on anything political, but Dad was a GOP force of nature. He couldn't think of a Republican president he didn't like or a Democrat he could stand. I remember sitting in the living room when he'd be watching presidential debates and hearing the foul invectives hurled at whatever candidate happened to be running on the Left. He took his politics as seriously as he took his sports (rabid Giants fan) and I think he felt the same rush from watching election returns as he did from watching a game. While I may not have always gotten along with the man (I wanted to. God, I really wanted to, but he never seemed to reciprocate), I did admire his passion for what he believed in so strongly. It was inevitable that it would rub off on a young boy who was as desperate for his father's approval as he was to be free of him.

In high school, I was a member of the Young Republicans and was quite proud to keep in line with a long family tradition of supporting the conservative platform. Pete and I used to get into a few good tussles over things like welfare or gun control where I would spout the things I'd heard my father say and he would repeat the things his mother had said. Honestly, we were both products of our upbringing, neither of us thinking for ourselves on political issues because neither of us knew any better. We were no different than everyone else in the country.

It wasn't until very recently that I've started leaning more towards the middle. Orlando and I never talk about politics because we have more important things to worry about in our daily lives. I know it might seem odd that a gay man (not to mention one who hates his father) would support the narrow views of a party that detests everything he represents, but it felt comfortable to me to just go along with what my family and my family's friends believed. Now that I'm finally living the life I want, though, it's expanded my world view tremendously and things are a lot more grey than black and white for me. I think I like it.
Tags: dad, mom, orlando, peter, tmuse
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