I rarely write about politics. Mostly because I don't care about politics. I'm clueless about politics. I've never attended a City Council meeting and I have no idea who my state representatives are. Put me in front of the TV during a political debate and I'll be asleep in minutes.
I'm just not into organized politics.
I do, however, have a political ideology. I'm right of center; some might say way right of center. I don't think I'm a "right-wing nut-job" as I was referred to elsewhere on AR (is it really nice to name-call in a public forum?), but I've yet to find a liberal bone in my body. It's not a decision I made one day; it's just who I am. And probably who I shall always be.
But because I've never written about politics, I didn't realize how touchy a topic it can be. Oh, sure, I've always HEARD that you should never discuss religion or politics in public, but call me naive; I guess I thought I was above that sort of thing. Believe me, I'm usually up for a good debate, but the venom that came my way a few weeks ago from my blogs ‘bout BP left me shaken.
I expected some disagreement and debate over the issue at hand. And I got that, to be sure. But I also got slammed by those on the other side of the political aisle for being a supporter of Big Business (yes, I am; small business, too); for being a capitalist (no argument there) and for being suspicious of the current administration (um, yeah).
More than one person wrote to me saying that they were not interested in taking real estate advice from someone so clearly on the "wrong" side of the aisle; even that they regretted listening to my advice in the past. Not in those words, exactly, but that was the spirit of the messages.
I spent a sleepless night pondering this. First, was it a mistake to be as transparent as I was on my public blog? (I don't think so; click here for my thoughts on the matter). Second, is it appropriate to choose your mentors based on their social/political ideology?
I'm thinking that maybe, yes, perhaps it is appropriate. But before I ramble on more... what do YOU think?