As an author, I’ve often wondered how much to share on social networking and blogs about my feelings on politics. I’m not one to wax on about current events, mostly because when I attempt to be serious about anything I get all shivery and emotional. Really- I tear up and stutter. It’s not pretty.
Still, I know my party affiliations slip out. And for a time I wondered if that was OK.
No author wants to alienate readers. More even than that, I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings. I’m as left-wing as they come, but had a very close friend for years who was Republican. (Yes, yes, I know. My “token” Republican friend. I recognize the irony. But bear with me.)
I used to worry my husband would say something disparaging about my friend’s bumper stickers, but otherwise we got along great. Though our ideas differed on a range of hot button topics, to see us in our day-to-day lives you wouldn’t be able to tell us apart.
We both had gay friends, we both knew several people who’d had abortions. Neither one of us was anti-contraception. She was more in favor of corporal punishment and being “tough” on kids, as opposed to my Free-To-Be-You-And-Me ideology. But if you actually saw us with our flesh and blood children? We could have been the same person.
We were both short, blonde, loudmouths, and I’m sure we’d still be hanging out if she hadn’t moved to the suburbs. In fact, her daughter was my little girl’s first best friend.
So I guess my point is this: Be who you are. If you’re a commie pinko like me, let your freak flag fly. If you’re a right-wing Palin enthusiast, plaster your Dodge Ram with NRA bumper stickers.
Just don’t forget that at the end of the day, the person who’s ideas seem so horrid, so reprehensible, so very different from your own may in fact be just like you.
Drat! I forgot to talk about sex! That’ll be next week…