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Sun Nov 17, 2019, 06:10 PM

Tampa Bay Times, Letter to Editor: Why I went from being a red voter to a blue one

Why I went from being a red voter to a blue one
Tampa Bay Times, Letters to the Editor, 11/17/2019 (in print 11/18)

Our 45th president is the reason I finally paid attention. By virtue of my roots, I registered red. I never stopped to consider it. I listened to the news stories but seldom internalized them. I was a Cuban immigrant, it was expected. Then life got busy. I cast my ballot with the suggestions of those who paid attention. Shameful. One day in disgust, I asked Dad for forgiveness and changed to blue. Maybe it was because of him, No. 45, I mean. Searching my soul, I discovered that I was blue inside; the official change was sudden, but the convictions had evolved imperceptibly over time. For all I know, it was maturity, experience, travel or tolerance in the face of intolerance, empathy in the face of malevolence, wisdom in the presence of a foolish leader. Perhaps I had heard about one too many mass shootings, denials of climate change, loving family members with alternative lifestyles and the plight of immigrants who were not as fortunate as I had been. Regardless the reason, I came to be blue, and I am home now.

Rebeca Z, Tampa

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Reply Tampa Bay Times, Letter to Editor: Why I went from being a red voter to a blue one (Original post)
teach1st Nov 17 OP
UpInArms Nov 17 #1
riversedge Nov 17 #2
Xipe Totec Nov 17 #3
3catwoman3 Nov 17 #7
Trailrider1951 Nov 18 #10
Funtatlaguy Nov 17 #4
Karadeniz Nov 17 #5
mountain grammy Nov 17 #6
wnylib Nov 17 #8
pansypoo53219 Nov 17 #9

Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 06:23 PM

1. Welcome home, rebeca

Glad you found your way ...

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 06:29 PM

2. loved the post. thanks

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 06:54 PM

3. The political divide is not between liberals and conservatives.

It's between empaths and sociopaths.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 08:24 PM

7. Well said.

I am continually distressed by how many Americans are heartless and hateful.

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 18, 2019, 12:24 PM

10. Absolutely! And after living for nearly 68 years and dealing with people,

I am wondering whether or not there are 2 subspecies of humans on this planet, the two categories you just mentioned.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 07:04 PM

4. May you be a trailblazing trendsetter. Welcome.

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 07:20 PM

5. Beautifully explained!

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 08:22 PM

6. We have cousins in San Angelo

always voted Republican.. Trump made them realize they were blue inside. They put a Hillary sign in their yard and campaigned for Beto in his run for the Senate. Some people in their church stopped speaking to them. It's a rude awakening to find out some Christians are full of hate.

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Response to mountain grammy (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 08:39 PM

8. WWJH. Who would Jesus hate?

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Response to teach1st (Original post)

Sun Nov 17, 2019, 09:16 PM

9. i discovered c-span around 17. tho i always tended to be more democrat. but i saw more logic on the

left vs truthiness on the right.

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