I'm not a political person....I'm not even sure what that means except that I am just not that into politics. I'm just not. I have a lot of faults and one of them is not being in the "know" about many things government related. Now I could try to explain this, and I have spent some time recently trying to explain this to myself. I've come to this conclusion....I stopped watching the news and reading the paper many many years ago. It was right after the Oklahoma City Bombing, because I found myself consumed with sadness and fear and falling into a deep state of depression. This has kept me out of the "know" for a long time. However now there's social media, and I could be in the "know" about government related things if I chose to. How accurate and truthful the information is...well that could be argued both ways. However I am still not in the "know", and admittedly this is mainly by choice. As I've thought about this over the last few months, I have thought a lot about my family. My papaw and mamaw were die hard democrats. In fact, my papaw was an elected official for as long as I can remember. He served as county clerk and then county judge in his community. My mama, their daughter, was a very much a republican; although she may have voted democrat at some point in her life....but I would be surprised. They were all 3 some of the most influential people in my life for many reasons, but politics wasn't one of them; or maybe it was?? Growing up, I didn't understand the differences between democrats and republicans. All I knew was there was a donkey and an elephant involved, and every time my papaw won an election; my mama would take him another donkey. This wasn't for lack of my mom trying....believe me, she told me all about what it meant to be a democrat and a republican. I remember many intense discussions between my mama and her parents over this topic, and I remember feeling uncomfortable; because I am NOT A FAN OF CONFRONTATION...even a little bit. My mama....oh she was a big fan of confrontation....and was not one to let her views lie unheard. However I never remember their conversations being hateful or rude or egotistical. They were matter of fact, respectful, and always ended with agreeing to disagree. As I grew older and approached voting age, I started paying attention a little bit more to politics; so I could make informed decisions. Honestly I don't really pay that much attention to who is running for office until it gets right down to it, and then....I will start doing my research. Like many, I have certain things that I really want to go a certain way. These are the things I look at first...which way does each candidate lean? How do they plan on approaching these things? How will it benefit or not benefit our nation and our world? Then I try to listen to the rest. However this election....it took it out of me. I could barely start to research Clinton or Trump without all sorts of information spewing out. I'll admit that I might have voted for someone in the past to try to keep someone else out of office, but usually I felt very confident in my choice. This time....I did not. Right up until I went to the polls and had the voting sheet in front of me, I wasn't sure what to do; but I cast my vote. It wasn't democrat or republican, but I was confident in my candidate. Honestly if the line had been long, and I didn't have my adult daughter with me who wanted to vote in her first election; I would have turned around and come home.
As a Christian, I 100% believe that God is in control; and that He will bring good. It is up to us to find the good, share the good, love and serve Him by loving and serving others. I do find myself losing a little faith in mankind, from time to time, but I never lose faith in JESUS! So no matter if you woke up with a big smile on your face or swollen eyes, remember who has our back! Love like He loves us, and everything will be okay!