To those who don't know Jude Bennett, he is my youngest son. In his nearly 36 years we have found few things we agree on, and none where politics are concerned. I normally do not copy him on things I forward that have any political nature, but he is just as entitled to his opinions as I am mine. I respect his right to disagree with me since about the only thing we've ever agreed on is that we have the right to disagree!See, folks? THIS is why I'm as politically astute and involved as I am, because I was raised by parents who told me from as early on as I remember NOT to take shit from anyone, NOT to back down when I know I'm not in the wrong, ad to take an active stand for what I believe is right and just. I've said before that I was raised by a conservative Republican and a bleeding heart Liberal, and neither one of them forced their ideals on me or told me I should subscribe to their points of view. Instead I was encouraged to read vigorously on any subject that interested me and decide my OWN opinions, but not after they were first held to scrutiny. My father would grill me on different subjects and force me to defend my opinions and beliefs so that I could cultivate a stronger one or accept that they were flawed and required more structure.
He comes from the school of thought that says "Sooner or later, someone is going to kick your ass in one respect or another. When that happens, you won't have time to consider how badly the first punch hurts - you have to get prepared for the second one, because it's coming. If you're not ready for it, it will be twice as bad. That's just how it is. Don't let yourself take unnecessary punches and kicks, always stand your ground. Not because you'll make ME proud, but because FUCK them."
Is it any wonder I turned out like I did?