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Has This Election Divided Your Family?

Do you live in a politically split household? Or has your extended family been torn down the middle by this election? Share your experience in the comments.

Facebook has become a war zone for me this election. With a large extended family dotted across the county, I've been getting updates from all over the place about one person's support for Obama, another's love of Romney, and everything in between. Friends and family want to make clear their views on abortion and gay rights at the click of a "like" button. I'm being pestered about Prop 30 and Prop 37, badgered about the economy and inundated with Romney and Obama memes.

It's enough to cause a family feud. I agree that it probably shouldn't be — after all, it's just social media. But it's still sometimes hard to believe your loved ones could take such a different political perspective from you, considering that they share the same bloodline and perhaps a very similar upbringing.

My family seems to have been split in two ways: firstly, there are those on the "conservative" side of things and there are those on the "liberal" side of things. But the second split has been between those who are willing to argue about it, and those who aren't. For those who have argued, there may never be full resolution, and the scars will remain long after the ballots are counted. For those who chose not to argue, there may be a new sense of distrust toward the family members who have shown that their true political colors are of a very different hue.

I tried to stick to the rule of speaking only when spoken to — unless I deemed the need to be dire, which I did, on three occasions —and letting it go if I feel that the other person is not receiving my opinions with an open mind and an honest curiosity to understand both sides of the debate. But it has been hard, and I'll be thankful when election season is over so that the wounds can start to heal, aided by the warm, loving glow of the holiday season ahead. 

How has your family been affected by this election? Share your trials and triumphs in the comments below.

Regular Guy November 05, 2012 at 12:22 PM
It is a fact that one vote cannot change the outcome of an election. When an election becomes close, the courts make the decision after being pushed hard by partisans from both sides. There will never be an important election decided by one vote without shenanigans. So forget about your one vote making a difference.
Marshall Cochrane November 05, 2012 at 05:51 PM
DIRTY TRICKS AGAIN IN MARTINEZ ELECTION...Last election they tried to slime Kathi McGloughlin with lies...This cycle Brandi Cizmich tried to do the same in the Gazette by creating a completely bogus story about Dylan Radke being a condemnation attorney...IT'S A LIE! A complete FABRICATION! Mr. Radke is not a condemnation attorney!
ScienceMom November 08, 2012 at 10:25 PM
After seeing a vey hateful and racist side, on Facebook, from a neighbor whom we befriended for years and suddenly witnessing nastiness yesterday omn sme by my beloved sister and a cousin, I ranted that I wouldn't spek to any of them until they apologized regardless of whom I agreed with. Have. Ever seen this before and the neon or accused me of being a milk toast mOderate for sayin everyone should work together and be Polite. But I had moved back to the south from the bay area where I feel more accepted. You guys don't care if I am a woman scientist. Back here near Memphis it is a crime to have left especially to Attend Stanford and the UC as opposed to Ole Miss or UT where the education is woefully behind at UT. Combined with violations of our civil rights I am ashamed to be southern. I'm off face bok for food and being a hermit sounds great. Hey, being middles and a woman to icologiat and microbiologist I am radioactive here. They are mostly nuts and I long to return where none of this matters. Mostly, I'm disappointed in select members of my family especially the ones who voted like me
ScienceMom November 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
After seeing a vey hateful and racist side, on Facebook, from a neighbor whom we befriended for years and suddenly witnessing nastiness yesterday by my beloved sister and a cousin, I ranted that I wouldn't speak to any of them until they apologized regardless of whom I agreed with. I have never seen this before and was shocked that the guy next door accused me of being a milk toast mOderate for saying everyone should work together and be Polite. But I had moved back to the south from the bay area where I feel more accepted. You guys don't care if I am a woman scientist. Back here near Memphis it is a crime to have left especially to Attend Stanford and the UC as opposed to Ole Miss or UT where the education is woefully behind at UT. Combined with violations of our civil rights I am ashamed to be southern. I'm off face bok for food and being a hermit sounds great. Hey, being middles and a woman to icologiat and microbiologist I am radioactive here. They are mostly nuts and I long to return where none of this matters. Mostly, I'm disappointed in select members of my family especially the ones who voted like me
ScienceMom November 08, 2012 at 10:29 PM
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