Fri Nov 23, 2012, 03:26 AM
cthulu2016 (10,960 posts)
Wow... that's an AMAZINGLY biased headline
Voting For Obama Keeps Families Away From Each Other For Thanksgiving
Good ole' AP. (Or CBS Local Media in D.C., since I don't know which one wrote this headline for the AP story.)
The article is about how some people are skipping Thanksgiving with the relatives this year, rather than risking the family-ending blow-ups that might ensue.
There is no mystery what kind of blow-ups are being avoided. Uncle Billy, the drunken bigot, will threaten to kill you at Thanksgiving this year because you voted for the Kenyan communist. Or he will drop a bunch of N-bombs you don't want your kids to hear.
But somehow what is keeping the family apart is not that Uncle Billy is horrible, but that you voted for Obama. Other family members voting for Romney presents no equivalent problem because voting for Romney is normal, not like voting for Obama, which is apparently intrinsically controversial.
I prefer this headline:
Entitlement, racism and aggression of Fox News addicts make family members reluctant to visit.
Reading the article, there are two families with election tensions featured. One involves a Romney voter who is planning to get into some shit with a liberal aunt, while the other involves an Obama voter who is skipping visiting dad because almost anything will lead to one of Dad's Obama rants. In both cases the aggressor is the conservative. But "voting for Obama" is the problem...
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Wow... that's an AMAZINGLY biased headline (Original post)
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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)
Fri Nov 23, 2012, 11:21 AM
Baitball Blogger (18,837 posts)
8. CNN if you're listening,
I don't remember the year I put an end to Thanksgiving celebrations with the relatives, but I'm guessing it was about the same time I went back to school. I was one of those stay at home moms who was looking for a second chance to return to the workforce, but I knew it wasn't going to be easy because I had health problems.
When finals came around that first semester in Fall, I had finals to prepare for and everyone understood when I said I wanted to stay home to study instead of going down to the in-laws for Thanksgiving. I wasn't surprised when the relatives were fine with my absence. I was also glad that I had found a built-in excuse for the next year or two, as I acquired credits for my second B.A. That would put my time that I began to drift away from THAT side of the family, around the same time that Bush became president. You, CNN, were notably absent from reporting that Bush was breaking up Thanksgiving dinners way back then, because I know I wasn't the only one.
I don't know when I started reclaiming Thanksgiving so the rest of my family (husband and kids) stayed home too. Maybe it was after that crazy hurricane season in 2004. We had friends who were going to skip the holidays because they were hit bad, so we invited them over. Since then, we have had our own holidays, here at my home. We have had a wonderful time, inviting two families over every Thanksgiving, until this last election.
A month before this last election one of the people we invited called out of the blue and began spouting right-wing crap. They said things, like Obama was a Muslim. They said that Obama was changing the flag of the United States on Air Force One. They were spouting right-wing lies. I asked them to put our friendship first, but, they felt so entitled to badger me with right-wing propaganda that I finally told them that it was best we didn't see each other until after the election.
This Thanksgiving, they made their excuses from coming to dinner. But my other friends came. They're Democratic--mostly. It was one of the best Thanksgivings yet. We didn't speak politics until my friend's son, who registered Republican a few years ago, began spouting off the Libertarian meme,(which around here translates to exploiting what isn't nailed down and protected with shotguns). Because it was just him, we weren't tense and it turned out to be a great conversation. He looked for areas of agreement and brought up the Detroit bailout. I said, well, atleast jobs were kept in America. And when Iaccoca was given that blessing, he paid the loan back. It was still too early to see if Detroit would do the same.
By the time dinner was over, the son said, "I don't even know why I registered Republican."
So, you see CNN, this political strife didn't begin with Obama. It began with Bush. And I'm happy to say, that when two Republicans friends chose to stay away from Thanksgiving dinner this year, it gave us a chance to reclaim our wayward son.
Response to progressoid (Reply #10)
Fri Nov 23, 2012, 07:16 PM
tjwash (8,205 posts)
12. **sniff** brings back the good old days of the "talk.politics.misc" newsgroup
"As long as we, collectively, believe voting is the answer, the longer we'll have losers voting to grab freebies"
That was actually one of the saner comments
Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)
Fri Nov 23, 2012, 10:28 PM
democrattotheend (7,445 posts)
15. I feel really lucky to have an all-Democratic family
Except for my one aunt in California who is a staunch libertarian. But she doesn't usually come to Thanksgiving because she is 3,000 miles away.
It was still a rough Thanksgiving because it was the first since my grandmother died, and my grandfather ended up in the hospital because of depression and wasn't able to come either. But at least we had the election to celebrate. And I am especially thankful that my grandmother lived long enough to see Obama's first election, since she was active with the civil rights movement as a young adult.