With just two days left until the election, how does one convince their 79 year old mother, a widow of a WW2 vet who has always voted republican but is now on the fence, to vote for Barack Obama?
For both selfish reasons and the greater good, I am asking if anyone has any suggestions for me.
I am a flaming liberal/progressive. A product of two very conservative republican parents. The only reasons I can come up with for this odd occurrence is that 1. I am an artist and 2. I was dragged to church as a kid and the only thing that sunk in was the basic tenants of being a good human. Things like treating others how you would like to be treated, having compassion and trying to help others less fortunate than yourself, etc. (traits I haven’t seen in the republican party in my lifetime).
All my early life I had fights with my father who never could understand my religious and political stance. After college, I vowed no more fights. I loved my folks and didn’t want to get into arguments with them over politics anymore, so I stopped taking any bait from Dad. Gradually we stopped discussing anything political. Looking back 20 years, it was a decision I am glad I made.
My Mother and I have become closer over the last few years, especially helping Dad thru poor health and eventually a losing battle with Alzheimer’s.
Fast forward to this election season. I feel, as most do, that this election is the most important one in my lifetime and probably my Mom’s as well. I was shocked when Mom said she thought she would be voting for Barack Obama. However, that was months ago. Now she is back on the fence and I’m afraid she is leaning toward voting for McSame. She is what I would consider a low information voter — only getting news and opinions that are fed to her by the MSM and a hometown newspaper called "The Republican."
Is there anyway to convey this to my Mother and to get her to at least think about not just going to vote and pulling the republican lever?
I wrote this diary to seek your advice as to what McCain negatives and Obama positives would help sway this undecided Pennsylvania voter. I do not want her to hold her nose and vote republican out of habit.
Got any advice?
(This is a great post, please Digg — ed)