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'Inspiration For You' with Randy Mitchell
Originally posted on 09/14/2019

Politics With The One You Love

More than likely, while getting to know someone for the purpose of forming a romantic relationship, the subject of politics will eventually boil to the surface. You'll be sharing that bag of buttered popcorn waiting for a movie to start, chit chatting in a restaurant looking forward to your favorite meals to be served, watching the news, or lying in bed when all of a sudden sloppy smiles appear, or explosive hair-pulling begins making the gloves fly off while discussing the latest political headlines. After all politics, and probably religion are two of the most debated subjects we'll ever discuss as human beings and nothing weaves people together, or tears them apart more than these very important topics.

In the current, super-heated political arena we're living in now, it's inevitable during the dating phase that you'll discuss how a romantic partner signs along his/her political dotted lines. Are they Republican or Democrat, Capitalist or Socialist, Pro-Gay or Anti-Gay? How do they feel about Government Fiscal Responsibility, Immigration, Taxes, Abortion, Global Warming, those wood-stocky-types occupying Wall Street, even the Legalization of Drugs (Marijuana)? On and on and on it can go. But what's really important, in my opinion, is learning to agree to disagree because no two people will ever see eye to eye on everything. If they did, they wouldn't be individuals, and therefore not open to either criticism or approval from their adoring partners, which is a major part of the relationship process. And frankly, who would want to be with someone who mirrored their personality verbatim anyway? Politics is a very multi-dimensional, in-depth, confusing subject and just one fraction of the political equation can propel most down the road toward some extremely spirited discussions. I've even witnessed a plate of spaghetti thrown at the television while a Presidential candidate smiled for the cameras!

I've known a few women from years past whose political views were so different than mine I could literally see my heart pumping with scorching adrenaline. Naturally, my first inclination was to do everything I could to move them toward my way of thinking. Their reasoning just didn't seem logical, rational, or in the spirit of mainstream America. Shots would fire across our respective bows until blood would boil, and hurt feelings started to linger. I even said so long to one who actually thought Communism was, at times, a good idea. Wow! Really? Communism!

I'm a center-right Republican, but am always willing to listen to opposing opinions; so obviously it's interesting for me to gather others theories and beliefs. I'm learning to hear, and also debate respectfully and honestly. Maybe it comes with age and experience, I don't know, but I'm old enough to realize that no one will ever match you line per line, word for word, or equally among each phase of your core belief system. It's just never going to be in the cards for any of us. But, that's only a piece of what makes us all human, right?

If you're involved with someone romantically, whether it's simply dating or even a marriage, do you think it can grow and survive extreme political indifference? When November of 2012 finally rolls around and you both walk inside those separate voting booths, then emerge knowing full well different handles were pulled, how would the rest of the day appear? Could you both move past it and head to the nearest Lowes or Home Depot to discuss that kitchen remodeling project, or grocery store to pick out the evenings meal? If a Republican is elected President next year and your partner's a diehard Democrat would they sit and stew during the next four years causing unwanted fights and issues?

I think our overall maturity and sensitivity to those we love plays a huge role here. Once again, if you can learn to agree to disagree and move forward, great, but if your respective partner just cannot get over your political differences then it's going to be a long and winding road toward adoring, starry-eyed, romantic bliss. For some, their political beliefs simply define too much of who and what they are, placing such a huge importance at the forefront of their personalities that no one dare disagree. That's okay and it's everyone's right, but it leaves little wiggle room for others to enter their intimate arenas therefore bypassing what could be an incredible relationship.

So, can two diverse political opinions from different sides of the tracks make it? Absolutely! Because in the end and relatively speaking, if politics is all you differ on, well then, you've got it made.

Thank you for reading! To see more of Randy Mitchell's writing click here: Amazon

Meet the Author:

Randy Mitchell

Inspirational Writer & Author of

 “Sons In The Clouds”

As a writer and avid movie fan, I love the powerful energy behind words. Words capture and cling to people in a dramatic, poignant way - and live deep inside us all. It doesn't matter if those words are written or spoken; all of us have tales yearning to be shared with each other.

A few years ago, I drove past my childhood home in Texas: a nostalgic place where tender childhood memories still reside deep inside me. I remember those hot Texas summer nights hanging out with my sister, friends, spirited pets and my girlfriend who lived across the street. This happy snapshot transported me back in time to endless, steamy nights as we watched July 4th fireworks, ate homemade ice cream on the front porch, and cooled off at the local lake.

My childhood feels like it happened just yesterday -- innocent moments taken from my carefree youth. These memories comforted me and carried me to a place where I longed to stay – a peaceful haven where I could escape my hectic ‘adult’ life. These idyllic, cherished memories were the inspiration for my first novel, “Sons In The Clouds. My long-time career as a pilot and love of aviation are seen through my main characters, Andy and Wade, who serve as Navy pilots in the Vietnam War. 

Sons In The Clouds” exposes emotional drama that showcases the vulnerable fragility of human nature. The belief in God serves as the problem-solver -- a pathway to the truth -- a light to be used when the problems of man cannot be solved, and becomes a way to expose weaknesses in those appearing to be strong.  I breathe life into my characters in believable, exceptionally REAL ways. A strong theme interwoven throughout the pages is that “love conquers all” – as seen through the unfaltering, devoted commitment between my male characters and the women they leave behind.

My female characters show courage and strength in the face of adversity. Despite the fact that she doesn’t know whether her husband is alive or dead behind enemy lines, Rebecca (Andy’s wife) remains strong and never falters in her devotion to Andy.

Rebecca’s character represents war-time brides (both past and present). I wanted to show the strength, love and courage of these brave women whose loved ones were sent off to the Vietnam War. They faced harrowing fear on a daily basis, and relied on their faith and love to get them through their darkest days–- hoping and praying that their husbands returned home safely.

Most inspirational fiction readers today aren’t interested in G-rated books. “Sons In the Clouds” is a modern inspirational story that encompass spiritual themes where faith and love triumph over the brutal ugliness of war. My characters instill a hope-filled message to my readers long after the last page is read.

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For media inquiries about Randy Mitchell and “Sons In The Clouds”, please visit www.theinspirationalwriter.com or email Mitchellrandy1@msn.com. 

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