Political Division in My Family

I explained to my 4-year-old that I have to watch a debate and can’t be disturbed.

She had a lot of questions, so I told her that there’s an election coming up. I explained what an election is. I said we will be voting for the president and whoever gets the most votes wins. I also said that there are two people who want to be president. They are both very nice people but we have to decide which one is a little better.

“What are their names?” she asked.

“Donald and Joe,” I said.

“Vote for Joe, Mommy,” she said. “You are voting for Joe, right?”

And thus it begins.

8 thoughts on “Political Division in My Family”

  1. // They are both very nice people

    Do you think truth should be … changed for kids?

    Is there a way to parent well yet not say things one doesn’t believe in at any stage?


    1. What is the truth here? Water is wet is truth. But how nice a total stranger is would be a completely subjective opinion.

      A positive mother complex is the knowledge that you live in a universe that is kind, safe and loves you. It is within the mother’s powers (and only the mother’s powers) to give this gift to her child. Or she can sacrifice it to the personal neurosis of making sure that a kid is exposed to every subjective opinion of hers under the guise of truth.


      1. I think that is very appropriate at age 4. With our 10 year old we say what we think but I try to avoid talking about people in a negatively labeling way. So no Joes a jerk but – we disagree with Joes ideas.


      2. This is interesting. I wonder how much of this is family versus societal. For example, I have the impression that most people who grew up in the country I did have a pretty bleak outlook on the world’s attitude toward them. My family, for sure, was always in the “waiting for the other shoe to drop” and “the world sucks, and it could (and will) always be worse” mode, and I think we were fairly typical. But maybe I’m generalizing and there were some happy, optimistic people with a positive mother complex who were raised there.


        1. My parents – with all their faults – always projected a feeling that everything is great and is about to get even better. That’s why I remember the collapse of the USSR and the subsequent era of bandit wars as a really fantastic time.


  2. If anyone won this debate it was my family. It was the first time in ages my teenage kids sat down with us to watch something and it was like watching a good comedy. Of course everyone was a little disappointed as we were waiting for Biden to say something outlandish but he was holding up well.

    BTW, did Biden just come up with the Biden green deal on the spot or was it something that was highlighted in his campaign before? I’ve never heard about that.


    1. Biden was trying to position himself as a centrist and completely disavowed everything he’s been saying until now during this campaign. It’s typical for Democrats. They go extremely far left for the primaries and then veer sharply to the right in the general. As a result, nobody knows what exactly the candidate stands for.


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