I remember 1992 quite well.
Getting up every Saturday in time to catch “Saved By The Bell” and “Inside Stuff.”
The belief that the Bulls might be just good enough to win a second championship IN A ROW.
Knowing the world was my oyster each day that I went to school in my B.U.M. equipment sweatshirt and Guess jeans.
My mom was also a newlywed, and my step-dad was about to begin a slow dismantling of the black and white world in which I grew up.
That was the year of a presidential election. George H.W. Bush (of course, back then, he was just George Bush) was running for reelection against Ross Perot and this young guy who played saxophone on late night TV, Bill Clinton.
[incidentally, although Ross Perot didn’t win…and probably stole the election from George Bush by splitting the conservative vote…he is basically the reason you and I talk about the National Debt nowadays, which is a cool legacy]
Anyway, I grew up in this world where Christians were Republicans and, at best, Democrats were misguided sinners.
So I was in absolute shock when I had political conversations with my step-dad, and he wasn’t positive whom he was going to vote for.
I kept saying “abortion, abortion, abortion” and one day he said a line that has stuck with me for 23 years, “Well Jason, I guess for me this is more than just a one-issue election.”
Wow…I chewed on that for years to come. Actually, I still am.
I even said that same thing to a very nice lady a couple of years ago…a lady who went on to call me a “flaming liberal” even though I tried to explain to her that I’ve voted for the Republican candidate in all 4 of the presidential elections that have passed since I turned 18.
Last week I took some grief for reposting an article by Matthew Paul Turner called, “I don’t know when life begins. But I know it begins…”
I really think it was a real fair and nuanced treatment of all the recent hubbub over the Planned Parenthood video.
Wherever you land on the issues and however you think through them and whatever you discuss with others, I know that with each passing day, one thing becomes more and more true in my life:
The older I get, the fewer things I find I’m absolutely sure of…but the more things I’m open to conversation about.
How about you? Have you had a conversation today? You know the kind where you listen at least as much as you speak?
You really should. You might learn something.
And it’s totally worth it, even if all you learn is that your world isn’t quite as small as you previously thought.