I wouldn't trade my mother for the world. But I'd trade her copout "both sides are bad" view of politics for Jane Fonda's in a heartbeat.
Although attempts to avoid discussing the election were made, it was the elephant in the room -- and it's pretty devastating that my parents seem to have no appreciation for the fact that JUST ONE of the candidates ran on a platform that specifically calls for taking away one of their son's health care; calls for jeopardizing the health insurance of their son with stage four cancer; and calls for robbing yet another son of the civil rights that he only received a few years ago. Mom insists that a president cannot do any of these things -- wanna bet? -- and that elections are often clouded by distractions from what the "real issues" are. Well if these aren't the real issues for our family, what are?