My parents have always supported the topics of which I have chosen to cover. Even the subject matters that might be considered taboo and controversial, my parents always have my back. When it came to any concern that they might have, it usually came down to my reactions to negative comments that sometimes weren’t too far from watered-down death threats. When someone tells you that you should be aborted, I take that as a death threat in a round about way.
Because they’re smarter than me, my parents have never read any of the comments I’ve received. They avoid it both for their own sanity and because they also know they’ll probably hear about it later from me.
There have been a few occasions where I have run certain ideas past my parents just to get their “OK” on something. I do this both as a heads up and because, as we’ve learned, our extended family reads some of my essays, I’d like them to be prepared in case some lunatic aunt decides to call and get all crazy on them… and once again call me a heathen, of course.
Originally, this week’s feature was going to be about my high school class president who is now running for governor of New Hampshire. My intention was to point out his hypocrisies, his ultra conservative ways that are more backward than forward thinking, and I was going to do it all from my liberal soapbox that I have on me at all times when I’m in NH. My reason for wanting to write about this particular person was to take the angle that he can dish it out, but can’t take it. I learned this lesson when I, a registered NH voter although I live in New York City, inquired about his stance on gay rights and funding for Planned Parenthood. Most politicians would either give you some sweet talk, find a middle ground and try to procure a vote, but this did not happen in my case. I was instead blocked from his governor Facebook page, as well as Twitter. Perhaps, after having been blocked on Facebook, I got a wee bit aggressive when I took my grievances to Twitter, but it paled in comparison to the questions and comments that most politicians would receive by a less than happy registered voter. I’m quite certain neither Romney or Obama waste their time blocking old high school classmates because they have better things to do and there’s this whole thing about “freedom of speech” even in the world of social media.