By Lisa Nellis
As long as I can remember, I’ve always been told that polite adults do not discuss religion or politics socially.
My, how times have changed.
Is this why Twitter is so popular, maybe?
Let me tell you a little story. Once upon a time, I didn’t “do” politics at all. Yes, I voted in every election, but I didn’t really read about issues, or discuss things with my ex (a die-hard right-winger) or really worry a ton about what was going to happen with the government or country. Because I thought I didn’t matter. OK, so I took my kid to a Bill Clinton rally once. But that was because Bill was just so charismatic.
And then Bush-Gore happened.
Wow. That made me so incredibly frustrated. I listened to NPR for weeks to see what was going to happen, hoping for the best (meaning my desired outcome.)
I never discussed politics with anyone in my family or my “soccer mom/dad” circle. It didn’t seem important and I probably didn’t want to know what they thought, anyway. Why did it matter? Stuff was just going to happen the way it happened no matter what I did.
Fast forward to 2007. I reconnected with this person I had dated eons ago named Chuck Nellis. Perhaps you have heard of him or read his Twitter timeline (I don’t read it, FWIW.)
When we first dated in 1983, we never talked about anything deep or philosophical, just about how we should theoretically open a bar once we theoretically got married one day. Also, we made out a lot 🙂 And went bowling and drank some tasty beverages. But it didn’t last very long for various reasons.
So in 2008 we reconnected and started living together. (That whole narrative is another story for another day.) Chuck had been born again in 1997 which I did not really think about at the time, and I thought I could just avoid talking to him about the politics thing since I had been so good at that the first 40-whatever years of my life.
And then one day in 2009 he unfriended me on Facebook. Um, what? That’s just silly, dude. We’re practically married. Over politics? Seriously? I said, nobody wants to see your political silliness here. Why don’t you go to Twitter and talk to those crazies?
The rest is Twitter history, LOL. He’s #3? Really?
Now I HAVE to care about politics, because it’s in my face every day. And don’t even get me started on the religion part.
Listen to our bickering on our radio show with Jason sometime, if you’re up to it. I’m told it’s kind of interesting.