4 days…

November 4th, 2016


As this election approaches, I’m thinking of my mother, a forever Democrat who supported Shirley Chisholm’s presidential run, Harry Davis for Mayor, and who would have loved to be able to vote for a woman for president, although “voting for a woman” wouldn’t be the determining factor.  She was independent long before that was accepted in polite society, struggled against societal constraints, joined the army and worked her way through college, a B.S. in nursing, licensed R.N., and was working towards her Masters in Nursing Administration (until my father said “No wife of mine is going to work,” which stopped her for a while, to long.).  She organized the hospital for a mining company out east after the war ended, and then moved back to the Midwest and back to the U of M.  She would joyfully vote for Clinton.


My father, on the other hand, was an old school Republican, who supported Nixon, who loved Reagan, but maybe our 70s dinner-table “discussions” had some impact, because during Bush II, he took up giving the finger to the TV every time Bush was on.  He so disliked Bush’s war, both of the Bush’s wars, and thought Bush II was an idiot.  The 2016 election?  There is no way my Republican father would have supported Trump, just too crass, hateful, and hypocritical.  I’m sure dear ol’ dad would hold his nose and vote for Clinton, because “NO TRUMP” is not an option on the ballot. And I’m sure that many dyed-in-the-wool Republicans will do the same.

David Overland, what do you think?