Being a Democrat in a Republican Town

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of living in a town overrun by the Republican Party.

Alright, I want to start off by saying this isn’t one of those stories of how I(Democrat) stood up to the townspeople(Republicans). For the most part, I get along with nearly everyone in the town. I work in the only gas station in my small town of 800 people, so on a daily basis, I get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of a Republican town.

The Good

I would say I classify about 75% percent of my neighbors as “The Good”. Many of them you wouldn’t even know their political stance unless you asked. Maybe a comment here or there would make them lean in one direction but for the most part, they keep opinions to themselves. They are the kind of Republicans who could easily vote for a Democrat and feel no remorse. If the Republican party was a movie these people would be the background actors. They keep quiet, mind their own business, and you can easily forget they are around. However, maybe they should start paying attention to the background characters, as they can easily slip away to accomplish bigger and better things.

The Bad

The next 10% of my community I clarify as “The Bad”. They are a little more opinionated than “The Good” but overall aren’t terrible people to be around. They may ruin a casual conversation sharing their views on abortion or gun laws, but they don’t push it down your throat and judge you for not thinking the same way they do. In that movie, we are making about Republicans this group would be the supporting cast. They have some lines and are memorable but came become overshadowed by the main cast.

The Ugly

“The Ugly” aka the final 15% of people in my town. These are the Maga hat-wearing, gun carrying, judgemental people that people outside of the US probably don’t think even exist. They are the kind of people that still have a Trump sign in their front yard more than a year after the election. They refer to those who don’t share the same views as DemoRATS or DEMONcrats. They sware that the January 6th attack on the capital was by BLM protestors dressed up as Trump supporters. In 2017 they would have argued with you if you said that Russia interfered with the election, but in 2021 will argue that the Democrats rigged it.

My biggest problem however is pushing those beliefs on their children. I don’t care if you support the Republican, Democrat, or a third party. One of the worst things you can do is force your kids to think the same way as you. I hear stories of children being bullied at school because their parents voted for Biden. Kids wearing MAGA t-shirts even though they are too young to really understand what it means. Children think everything their parents do is right. They see you fighting with another parent at a football game over a woman's right to an abortion and they think that is the right thing to do.

So if you take nothing else away from this article it is to keep politics away from the dinner table and tucked into a small suitcase in the back of the closet. On election day go to the polls and place your vote and then go home open a bottle of wine and wait for the results. If your candidate didn’t win shrug your shoulders and go to bed. If your child tells you they support the opposite party let them know that it is their right to do so, and never belittle them. At the end of the day leave politics to the government, and focus on improving yourself one day at a time.

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