Debating politics

It takes a lot to make me angry. I know Iíve said that before, but the truth is I usually donít like to argue with people. I donít get angry if someone has a different opinion than mine. Iím happy just agreeing to disagree in most cases, but every now and then Iíll find a topic worth getting riled up over.

For years, my husband has known about my mild temper, and ever since we started dating, he has amused himself by seeing if he could make me angry. Heís tried for years to make me angry by discussing topics like politics, music, news or any other topic that we genuinely donít see in the same light. We are polar opposites, so finding the topics isnít hard to do, but making me angry enough to start shouting is.

As the years go by, it takes more and more effort on the part of my husband to get me angry, but during last weekís political debate, he tried his hardest, since we disagree at every turn.

Iím not sure how people as different as my husband and I wound up happily married. You see, our opinions on almost every matter are completely different. We listen to different music, like different types of movies and shows, we donít even like the same food, and when it comes to politics, our views are worlds away from each other. Sitting on opposite sides of the political fence, we often tease each other about politics. We argue different points, discuss the different issues that we feel should be top priorities and occasionally admit that the other side might have a few good points.

Itís usually in good fun, but when my husband wants to annoy me, he knows all he has to do is start spouting information found in the rumors and lies passed around the Internet and spewed by people too lazy to find genuine facts. Iíll let a lot of things slide, but when people argue issues by spewing fiction, I get a little upset.

With the future of the country in the balance, I think itís OK to get annoyed when some of the voters in the country are basing their votes on information not quite reliable enough to be printed in the National Inquirer instead of on the real issues and the candidatesí real stance on those issues. Whether youíre a Republican or a Democrat, I think the most important thing you can do during an election is to figure out what each candidate actually stands for.

Iíve read enough forwarded e-mails to know that some of them arenít entirely legitimate. I never got $100,000 from Microsoft for forwarding messages for Bill Gates. The wealthy foreign dignitary never wired millions of dollars into my bank account and I donít find the political information forwarded to my e-mail account any more reliable.

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