The Influence of Friends and Family
Almost all my close friends and family members are liberal. This is probably because I was myself quite a liberal for many years and nowadays I tend to move in so-called â€œcreativeâ€ circles. There arenâ€™t a lot of impassioned conservatives in the creative writing community or the advertising community.
What this means is that, at any given gathering, Iâ€™m one of the only people in the room who has not decided that John McCainâ€™s election would mean the end of civilization as we know it and that Barack Obamaâ€™s election would turn back the tides and heal the earth. I exaggerate. Most of the Obama supporters I know are very realistic about the manâ€™s potential and capabilities. And thatâ€™s the problem. Itâ€™s hard not to fall in line with your very reasonable friends and family.
Now, as anyone whoâ€™s read me for any amount of time knows, Iâ€™m comfortable being an out-of-step political type. Iâ€™m not going to sign on to anything just because â€œeveryone else is doing it.â€ But with the recent debate about the power of endorsements, Iâ€™ve realized that the most powerful endorsements are the ones made by those closest to us.
I will ultimately vote with my mind because, frankly, Iâ€™m hard headed. But I wonder, do many of you find yourselves drifting one way or another based of the opinions of your closest friends and family? Do you ever think youâ€™ve been lulled into supporting a position or a candidate because youâ€™re just â€œgoing with the flow?â€ And since I know most of you Donklephant readers are as hard headed as I am, let me also ask: do you ever suspect your friends and family are just falling into agreement because thatâ€™s the easy thing to do?