US PoliERA 2018 |OT9| Next week has been EXHAUSTING

First election I really remember is Reagan-Mondale because we did a mock debate in 6th grade. I remember Carter as president but I can’t remember anything specific about the 80 election.
 
First election I really remember is Reagan-Mondale because we did a mock debate in 6th grade. I remember Carter as president but I can’t remember anything specific about the 80 election.
My first election was 2016. I was so depressed when Trump won. Didn’t eat for days, just burst out crying when talking to my school therapist.
 
1990 is the first time I remember anything about politics.

It was my mom talking with one of her friends "Now don't get me wrong, Bush isn't the worst Republican president I've seen. Nixon was a corrupt bastard, and Reagan's education cuts ended my college education less than a year before I finished, but he's still a Republican. They only care about big business and moneyed interests."

The next time I remember anything was during the 1992 election with my mom and conspiracy theory believing Aunt Patty (RIP) arguing about Clinton and Perot. My aunt loved Perot because we needed a businessman in the White House. She lived to see Trump and had vastly different views about businessmen in elected office because of him.
 
My husband and I just had our 5th kid, and the fact that for the oldest two Trump is a president they will remember makes me ill.

First election memory I have is in 1992 my dad taking me to see Bill Clinton when he was in Florida. (I was 5). I remember my dad forcing me to go door to door canvassing for Clinton in 96, also the first time I saw my Queen speak live. (Queen Hillary). In 2004, I was too young to vote, but I volunteered and live blogged the results. 2008 I worked for Hillary's campaign until the bitter end, then volunteered on Obama's.

I'm old adjacent.
 
My husband and I just had our 5th kid, and the fact that for the oldest two Trump is a president they will remember makes me ill.

First election memory I have is in 1992 my dad taking me to see Bill Clinton when he was in Florida. (I was 5). I remember my dad forcing me to go door to door canvassing for Clinton in 96, also the first time I saw my Queen speak live. (Queen Hillary). In 2004, I was too young to vote, but I volunteered and live blogged the results. 2008 I worked for Hillary's campaign until the bitter end, then volunteered on Obama's.

I'm old adjacent.
Congratulations on your 5th!
 
I was pretty much the only pro-Bush kid in my class in 2004 and I gloated a lot when he won. I also was super happy to be assigned Calvin Coolidge as a president I had to portray in a mock debate because of his excellent laissez faire economic policies.

Later on, midway through my transformation, I hung a picture of TR above my bed next to Jesus.
 
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I'll sleep in 18 years. Maybe.
Maybe is right!

I'm 35 and still live with my mother.

She's 75, nearly paralyzed, with about a half dozen different ailments. Most recent was finding out she not only has gout, and arthritis, but type 2 diabetes as well. Along with a heart murmur, high blood pressure, and a thyroid growth, so far benign. She also has damaged stomach staples that caused her to hemorrhage early last year.

I don't think my mom reaches 85 guys. But I'll be here as long as I can help.

I think I needed to get that out there so I'm not the only one with the thoughts in their head. My brother is kind of self-involved so I kind of figured I'd be the one taking care of her.
 
I don't know what you guys watch on YouTube where you constantly get the worst possible recommended videos.

My recommendations are like a mix of Eric Andre, Graham Hancock, React videos, K-Pop, Star Wars clips, Contrapoints, and various mixes of the Soviet National Anthem.
Mine's all pop punk, redneck anthems, and a lot of anti-women videos because I subscribe to only one channel and it's Feminist Frequency, which YT apparently really doesn't like.
 
I have a vague whisper of a memory of my dad bringing me to a Ross Perot(?) rally when I was a child, but the last thing I want to do these days is broach the subject of politics with my parents, so I'll probably never figure out if that was actually a thing that happened.


Also in other news, here's Stephen Miller being very on-brand arguing for a complete and total shutdown of student visas for Chinese nationals:
 

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1992 is the first election I can remember, though I have a memory I cannot exactly place of asking my mom why Bush had beaten Dukakis and her trying to explain the tank photo-op to me. I voted Republican in every mock election in school though I was pretty conflicted about Bush over Gore. By the time I could vote for real I had wised up though.
 
I was pretty much the only pro-Bush kid in my class in 2004 and I gloated a lot when he won. I also was super happy to be assigned Calvin Coolidge as a president I had to portray in a mock debate because of his excellent laissez faire economic policies.

Later on, midway through my transformation, I hung a picture of TR above my bed next to Jesus.
Man you fell hard.
 
Maybe is right!

I'm 35 and still live with my mother.

She's 75, nearly paralyzed, with about a half dozen different ailments. Most recent was finding out she not only has gout, and arthritis, but type 2 diabetes as well. Along with a heart murmur, high blood pressure, and a thyroid growth, so far benign. She also has damaged stomach staples that caused her to hemorrhage early last year.

I don't think my mom reaches 85 guys. But I'll be here as long as I can help.

I think I needed to get that out there so I'm not the only one with the thoughts in their head. My brother is kind of self-involved so I kind of figured I'd be the one taking care of her.
You're a good son. Taking care of your mom like that has gotta be tough, be sure to look out for your own well-being also.
 

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My first political memory is watching Clinton get reelected on TV with my family and not understanding anything.
2000 is the first election I can remember watching on TV. Since I was not super invested in the outcome at the time I was more fascinated by the twists and turns of that night than anything. For 1992 I can just remember seeing the Electoral College map in the paper the next day, but I doubt I really watched any of the coverage.
 
Maybe is right!

I'm 35 and still live with my mother.

She's 75, nearly paralyzed, with about a half dozen different ailments. Most recent was finding out she not only has gout, and arthritis, but type 2 diabetes as well. Along with a heart murmur, high blood pressure, and a thyroid growth, so far benign. She also has damaged stomach staples that caused her to hemorrhage early last year.

I don't think my mom reaches 85 guys. But I'll be here as long as I can help.

I think I needed to get that out there so I'm not the only one with the thoughts in their head. My brother is kind of self-involved so I kind of figured I'd be the one taking care of her.
You're a good son. My mom lives with my husband and I and our kids. She's close to your mom's age, but my mom is pretty lucky to be blessed with good health. No one thinks she's in her 70s, and she'll kill you if you mention it.

Being there as our parents age is hard but it's important. I went through ti with my dad. He passed away almost 10 years ago, but had a lot of health issues. It's hard in the moment, but looking back I wouldn't have had it any other way. He instilled in me my love of politics. Wish he coulda met my kids and husband though. That would have been cool.
 
Maybe is right!

I'm 35 and still live with my mother.

She's 75, nearly paralyzed, with about a half dozen different ailments. Most recent was finding out she not only has gout, and arthritis, but type 2 diabetes as well. Along with a heart murmur, high blood pressure, and a thyroid growth, so far benign. She also has damaged stomach staples that caused her to hemorrhage early last year.

I don't think my mom reaches 85 guys. But I'll be here as long as I can help.

I think I needed to get that out there so I'm not the only one with the thoughts in their head. My brother is kind of self-involved so I kind of figured I'd be the one taking care of her.
eHugs
 
Maybe is right!

I'm 35 and still live with my mother.

She's 75, nearly paralyzed, with about a half dozen different ailments. Most recent was finding out she not only has gout, and arthritis, but type 2 diabetes as well. Along with a heart murmur, high blood pressure, and a thyroid growth, so far benign. She also has damaged stomach staples that caused her to hemorrhage early last year.

I don't think my mom reaches 85 guys. But I'll be here as long as I can help.

I think I needed to get that out there so I'm not the only one with the thoughts in their head. My brother is kind of self-involved so I kind of figured I'd be the one taking care of her.
Best of luck with everything.

My last few years have been crazy.

Got accepted to grad school, then my granduncle, like a father to me, died at 83 after a very protracted period of disease. Then, in my first semester, my dad died at 54 to completely unknown circumstances alone in Florida; while working on an impromptu assignment I got a call from a Florida detective about his death, weeks afterward. He decomposed alone for weeks unfound, only discovered by his partner.

Then, on New Year;s Eve 2017, my grandfather died of Alzheimer's. My other grandfather had a stroke in October 2017, then shot himself in the head this February 10th, and a cousin we called Aunt Linda died one month later to the day of a sudden heart attack.

It's been a trying few years. A 4.0 in grad school with a year-late thesis, plus those deaths, plus my cat of 14 years getting sick, and a girlfriend of 6 years pushing marriage, and more. It's exhausting.
 
Thanks for the kind words everyone.

It can be difficult, but I can't see it going any other way.

I'm just enough on the spectrum that I've never been able to create many connections outside of family. My mom literally has no one else to see her through the last of her life. My brother and her have lasted a total sum of a week together in one house with out both of them devolving into barely functioning apes.
 
My first political memories were probably watching the West Wing as a young teen with my family. It’d take us 2 hours to get through an episode because me and my sister had questions about how X thing worked in real life or debated some policy or principle from the show. We transferred over to the Daily Show later in Bush’s term.
 
My first political memory is doing a mock political debate for the 2000 election in class, when I would have been in 4th grade. I distinctly remember being in the car with my mom later that day and telling her I picked Gore because him and Clinton had a budget surplus when Clinton was President which, I don't know where I got that info from and I obviously didn't fully understand it as a 10 year-old, but I knew it sounded like a good thing and that was enough. Can't remember anything specific before that point.
 
Maybe is right!

I'm 35 and still live with my mother.

She's 75, nearly paralyzed, with about a half dozen different ailments. Most recent was finding out she not only has gout, and arthritis, but type 2 diabetes as well. Along with a heart murmur, high blood pressure, and a thyroid growth, so far benign. She also has damaged stomach staples that caused her to hemorrhage early last year.

I don't think my mom reaches 85 guys. But I'll be here as long as I can help.

I think I needed to get that out there so I'm not the only one with the thoughts in their head. My brother is kind of self-involved so I kind of figured I'd be the one taking care of her.
Hoping for the best for her. :(
 
I have a vague whisper of a memory of my dad bringing me to a Ross Perot(?) rally when I was a child, but the last thing I want to do these days is broach the subject of politics with my parents, so I'll probably never figure out if that was actually a thing that happened.


Also in other news, here's Stephen Miller being very on-brand arguing for a complete and total shutdown of student visas for Chinese nationals:
I'm not even exaggerating when I say that Stephen Miller dreams of genocide. The trajectory is clear and the amorality is demonstrable. When he closes his eyes, he sees skulls piled to the sky.
 
My first memories of politics, vivid ones at least, were my mother taking me to a bunch of meetings for Jesse Jackson's run in 84'.

My entire family, even my now 100yo grandmother, were very liberal. It's funny thinking about my grandparents who were both born in 1918 being so progressive even back in the 50-60's. Don't see that much in that generation. In particular they were incredibly pro civil rights and would disavow anyone they thought had a racist bone in their body.

My grandfather also, despite having been raised Catholic, was incredibly against the church. I always wondered if something happened to him because as a Boston Irish Catholic his level of vitriol every time the pope or church would come up was feared in our family lol. Only two things could get him furious with you. Calling or trying to talk to him when the Sox were playing or bringing up the church
 
I'm just enough on the spectrum that I've never been able to create many connections outside of family. My mom literally has no one else to see her through the last of her life. My brother and her have lasted a total sum of a week together in one house with out both of them devolving into barely functioning apes.
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You have my absolute best wishes as someone who is basically all my one grandmother has left at this point. She is only 73 and in decent shape, but a life of mental illness and abuse from my grandfather and mother has left her deeply paranoid and secluded outside of a few rare friends (who are oddly enough the nuns from my grade/middle school and very conservative/). I understand being the last one left and all the hardships and responsibilities that entails. I am grateful for a long-term girlfriend that understands that.
 
I have a vague whisper of a memory of my dad bringing me to a Ross Perot(?) rally when I was a child, but the last thing I want to do these days is broach the subject of politics with my parents, so I'll probably never figure out if that was actually a thing that happened.


Also in other news, here's Stephen Miller being very on-brand arguing for a complete and total shutdown of student visas for Chinese nationals:
Holy shit. This would cut international student enrollment in the US by nearly 1/3.

There were 1.08 million international students in the US in 2016-17, including 351k Chinese nationals (source).

International students often pay the full cost of tuition. Many universities depend on international students in order for their budgets to add up.

I am blown away by how terrible an idea this is.
 
I have a vague whisper of a memory of my dad bringing me to a Ross Perot(?) rally when I was a child, but the last thing I want to do these days is broach the subject of politics with my parents, so I'll probably never figure out if that was actually a thing that happened.


Also in other news, here's Stephen Miller being very on-brand arguing for a complete and total shutdown of student visas for Chinese nationals:
This will collapse American led research and universities and favor Europe and China tremendously.
 
Holy shit. This would cut international student enrollment in the US by nearly 1/3.

There were 1.08 million international students in the US in 2016-17, including 351k Chinese nationals (source).

International students often pay the full cost of tuition. Many universities depend on international students in order for their budgets to add up.

I am blown away by how terrible an idea this is.
Makes perfect sense if you want to stoke xenophobia with the added benefit of striking at academia. The next two years will be a tsunami of all the worst policies that the GOP can conjure.

Treat Madam Lindsay's 'Pat Boone in leather' phase as what it is: the canary in the coalmine for what will be required from GOP congresscritters
 
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