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Family Solidarity and Politics?

I was on the phone this weekend. As it turns out, all my older siblings (I’m the baby) are planning to vote for Donald Trump.

When my eldest big brother found out the other two were Trump supporters, he specifically called me so I could join the family solidarity. (Very sweet; not wanting me left out.) He did add, he might have otherwise voted for Bernie Sanders, who he believes is now out of the race.

Did I try to argue with him? No, he’s 75 and was in a hospital bed when he made the call. (Just a bad scare. He’s going to be OK.)

Besides, when I started talking, and nearly made it to the point I wanted to make, he interrupted me. A visitor. The exact same thing happened when I talked to my sister. They’re social butterflies!

Did I tear my hair out? No, I chuckled about it afterward for hours. (If only they read my blog!)

Still, my eldest big brother is the smartest one in the family… Maybe I’ll send him some literature on Jill Stein.


We all used to play with the View-Master.
Maybe siblings will yet “get the picture.”



About The Author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. cindy knoke

    Wow. You are remarkable. And you didn’t even argue with them. Why don’t they read your blog? They could learn a thing or 200. Whey don’t you send them a post, right before you leave on a long trip. Just kidding….. 😉

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Not fully applicable, but thanks. They don’t use Internet. Excellent idea!!! 🙂

  2. Robert A. Vella

    I feel your pain (to borrow a phrase). All the females in my family are devoutly religious (Catholic, Jehovah Witness, or Mormon) while all the males are either agnostic, atheist, or nominally religious. The family split along gender and spiritual lines is pretty stark; although, our political inclinations are surprisingly very similar. Family… what else can we say?

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes… hmmm… family…

  3. swo8

    Jill Stein would have my vote!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      You want to be sisters? 🙂

      • swo8

        Why not, Sister!
        Jill Stein was interviewed on the CBC and I was very impressed with what she had to say.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        She and the Green Party are wonderful, but sadly underappreciated in the U.S.

      • swo8

        They are under appreciated here too. But they keep trying. Sometimes they gain a lot of ground.

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