I was raised in a family where one side was Republican, the other Democrat. I was raised in a family where BOTH sides were Christian, but two different denominations. I was raised in a family where one said, "Go out and climb that tree!" and the other said "NO, it's too high and dangerous!" I was a "protected" little girl for the most part. However, I WAS taught ONE thing by BOTH sides (whether they knew it or not)....and that is, to have a MIND of your OWN! So, the majority of the time I don't sit around arguing. I enjoy a good conversation on any of those topics, but since I DO have a mind of my own I DON'T always see what other folks consider "talking" in the same way. There are times when some of my brothers and sisters here have bugged the you know what out of me! I just wanted to slam and bam 'em all over the place! BUT, I have a mind of my OWN. It sneaks in there and says, "HEY, wait just a minute now! You don't REALLY know where he/she is coming from, do ya? You SURE you wanna SAY that?" :roll_eyes: Sometimes that MIND does not win, the WILL does. :wink: I've often seen Catfish Commando say that negative comments will always win out, because folks LIKE to join in and complain. I HAVE seen that happen quite often......but I ALSO see folks who are encouraging and STRIVE to see the BEST in life. THAT is who I want to be. I may never change another person's mind about ANYTHING. I may never climb that highest MOUNTAIN. I may never go down in HISTORY. I'll prob'ly NEVER catch as big a catfish as some of ya! :big_smile: Everyone has their DAYS, me included. The DAYS lately haven't been the best for anyone, I realize that. Some folks think I only see things through rose-colored glasses (WOW, that's a good song! :cool2. I only wish I DID. What would be the point in EITHER all of the time? And what is the point in only seeing what you DON'T like in a BOC member, or the WORLD? Does it make you feel BETTER? I can't delve into the psyches of EVERYONE I know here, can't say why they do WHAT they do......and I know that in the scheme of things, life will continue on the same path as it always has. I DO know that I am THANKFUL to live in the USA. Here, we have the opportunity to BE what we want to be, think what we want to think, and shop where we want to shop! :tounge_out: (Couldn't get TOO serious on ya!) The SIDE I am on is one of UNDERSTANDING.