Hattip to Verum Serum. Sheesh, how more cult like can they get? Nagging your relatives about politics at family get-togethers, especially over Christmas, strikes me as a good way to drive a stake through family good feeling. One of the great things about family is that you are thrown in with people you do not choose. If you like them great, but you tolerate and associate with them even if you do not because they are blood and marriage relatives. Families help teach us how to get along with people we might not have chosen to associate with, but for the accident of being related. This mandates tolerance for differences with relatives who interact with us because we are family. Using a family relationship as an opportunity for political propaganda strikes me as completely wrong-headed, and having a campaign adopt this as an official tactic of the campaign leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.
Donald R. McClarey
Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.