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Thu Jul 9, 2020, 03:51 PM

My oldest son carries on with a family tradition: Dissing his father politically.

We had the (meaningless, as always) NJ Primary this week, and we mailed in our ballots over the weekend.

I did the usual, voted straight down the line for Biden, Booker, etc...etc...

My son, however, went through this exercise of going to everybody's website - and then voted for that asshole Bernie Sanders and some guy named Hamm.

I offered to mail his ballot, and he insisted on accompanying me to the mailbox to make sure I mailed it.

The prompted a story from me about how when I was about his age - he's 25 - I went to court and got an injunction - from a judge whose son was a friend of mine - to be allowed to vote by machine, because the registrar's screwed up and they gave me a ballot that they wanted me to sign; I insisted on a secret ballot and came back with the court order.

In New Jersey, we sign our mail in ballots. I'm too old to fight these things now.

Later, we when got back to the house, my son - who loves stories of his grandparents (who he never met) - told me what my mother (a swing voter) used to say to my father (a devout Republican) whenever she voted Democratic. "I canceled your vote!" my son told me in honor of his grandmother.

Little bastard. (Actually, he's not so little; he towers over me; he's six foot four.)

Later we went up to meet his brother's new girlfriend, a very nice young woman, and my wife told her about the family tradition whereby my father and I would have heated political arguments while my wife and step mother went out for a nice quiet and peaceful breakfast.

When I'm gone, I hope my son will love my memory as much I love the memory of my father, Republican bastard though he was. I'd do anything to have a screaming fight with my father again.

I love my sons.

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Reply My oldest son carries on with a family tradition: Dissing his father politically. (Original post)
NNadir Jul 9 OP
LakeArenal Jul 9 #1
FM123 Jul 9 #2
NNadir Jul 9 #3
Fla Dem Jul 9 #4
Amy-Strange Jul 9 #5

Response to NNadir (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 04:00 PM

1. I'm with you. I would love to have any discussion with my dad

The Limbaugh loving, Bushie donator.

RIP Louie. Pop❣️

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 04:03 PM

2. And I am sure they love you too!

Funny the things that bring smiles years later. Family is like that.
We don't have the big Sunday family dinners like we used to before the virus, but we too had some spirited conversations at the dinner table especially during the Primaries - I was an avid Elizabeth supporter, hubby liked Biden, kids liked Bernie and my 92 year old dad had a crush on Kamala. Good times.

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Response to FM123 (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 05:06 PM

3. Well, at least everybody was a Democrat, um...almost everyone...I mean, Bernie...

...and all that stuff...

With my Dad, it started with Nixon vs. McGovern, and went downhill from there.

(My Mom, to my surprise, voted for McGovern...)

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Response to NNadir (Original post)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 05:17 PM

4. Nice story. Growing up we never discussed politics at home.

In fact it was never even on my radar until JFK. Unfortunately I was too young to vote in 1960. But from that time on I was a through and through Democrat. Come to find out so were my Mom and Dad and Grandparents on my Mom's side. But even then, when I was older, politics just wasn't a topic of conversation, now The Red Sox, Bruins and Celtic....that's another story.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 9, 2020, 06:59 PM

5. 2004!

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Concerning that, here's my story:

I have nothing against the Yankees as a team. It's their fans I don't care for, but 2004 ended all that crap.

If you're really a Red Sox fan, you know exactly what I'm talking about.

My Dad brought me to Fenway twice in 1968, and that is actually my fondest memory between us.

None of this really has anything to do with the OP, except that my grandfather was a big-time, hardcore democrat that decided to start hating Jackie Gleason, after he decide to become a republican, and I always thought that was stupid. In my opinion, he was still funny.

That's the only really heated political discussion I've ever had with my family, because every damn one of them is a dem.

We're from New England for Christ sake!
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