For many of my bloggers, the US presidential election struck at core convictions — some so visceral that we didn’t even know we possessed them.
Politics, these days, is making for some estranged fellows.
Whatever the case, they dug in their heels –some bloggers on this side, the other on that. And now they are left to wonder: Do we still have enough in common to bother with this relationship?
Anyhow, the topic I post in this blog about Mc Cain Vs Obama drew a lot of attention, readers who were undecided.
The reasons are as varied as they are complex: deeply held religious, familial and/or ethnic values; discomfort with something out of the norm; a murky blend of rational and knee-jerk fears. And so friends and bloggers of Cocoy’s Delight who once gabbed mostly about the adventures of parenthood suddenly find themselves as polarized.
I offer vignettes, all involving bosom buddies.
True Blue, Artsee and Dina Pinoy who were rooting for Obama. They remained tag-team and maybe best friends long after engaging in a political debate with Susan_Ganda, Salome and Bartolome who were pro-Mc Cain.
We can consider True Blue,Artsee and Dina Pinoy on the blue side and in the red corner the mighty gladiator: Susan_Ganda, Salome and Bartolome.
Blue side were a diehard Democrat and on the red corner a diehard Republican. That difference never played a role before. They simply agreed to disagree.
The red corner has a lot of queries questioning Barack Obama’s readiness. Blue side,– True blue, was more vocal fired back: “Republicans are the party of hate, senile and they were the one to blame for messing-up America through Bush policies in Iraq.”
The red replied that McCain was a veteran and battle tested, so they say it’s Democrats that are the “party of hate.” Trueblue, Artsee and Dinapinoy shot back another vicious diatribe, as though communicating with a complete stranger — an enemy, no less — and not the woman who sat with her through labor.
This presidential race has fractured friendships started by the proximity of our coffee shop and built on crying in each other’s arms the day our babies went to kindergarten.
Their debates started with Pepsi versus Coke, Black versus White. They moved on to soccer versus baseball, margaritas versus wine, stay at home versus go to work. Margaritas won the debate at last Friday’s happy hour. The Cocoy’s Delight readers ran wild, The hits are similar like hitting the cherries on slot machine. and inside Cocoy’s Delight coffee shop the chat turned to politics.
Susan_Ganda (not just any blogger — her mom whose house in Pangasinan can see the China sea out her window,) announced she would just go ahead and say it: She would not vote for Barack Obama because he is a Socialist. She explained that she has plenty of underworld friends, but she doesn’t want them to be president, and that’s just how she was brought up.
Hamilton a new blogger defended Susan_Ganda’s Socialism. Hamilton said.—“I explained to my little children, what socialism would be like in an Obama adminstration. I said after you get back from trick and treating Thursday night Obama will take half of your candy and give it to the kids next door who were to lazy to go trick & treating!! She understood perfectly. This describes all the Obama lemmings out there. They all want the free candy!!”
The moral gauntlet has been thrown down: Tolerate a racist in hopes of preserving peace in the neighborhood and our children’s friendships, or install an invisible barrier which no racism, blatant or veiled, will be allowed to cross — thus giving my bloggers here at CD the last piece of evidence I need to prove to all of my beloved friends and bloggers that I am the tolerant one.
Finally, there’s my own faint, by comparison, story about my recent birthday dinner with longtime friends. I’m the minority party in this group, so I had no interest in rehashing campaign rhetoric. CD bloggers dignified by nature and usually private about it’s political opinions — seethed with a level of friendships. respect and compassions.
With all those political debates and argument in a civil manner,that only proves that we Filipinos are free to cast our votes without fears although we are divided in political parties,We prove ourselves that we become part in the process in selecting the president of the 50 states in United of States of America……Not 57……
I didn’t vote for Obama nor Mc Cain, but I can’t help but feel euphoric. Hope is good. I’m determined to give Obama a chance.
For us Filipinos in America we are not losers! Although Gloria Arroyo is still waiting for invitation from Obama………