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Old 07-16-2003, 09:26 PM   #1
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"I Thought I Raised You Better than This"

This might be the first thread ever that could be said to skirt the territories of both FYM and Zoo Confessionals.

I've been arguing with my mom a lot lately, which makes me sad all by itself because my mom and I have historically been pretty tight. What makes it worse, though, is that we've been venturing into the political realm and my mom and I don't see eye-to-eye on almost anything anymore.

It just happened tonight, although it was probably brewing for a few days (she caught me opening my mail from Amnesty and I had to explain to her that Amnesty is not in the business of trying to free serial killers from prison). I don't even remember how it started, but we got into this argument about Bush (again). She HATES that I don't like him. I'm not sure why. I don't trash the man personally, as you FYMers know; I just don't like the job he's doing. And it escalated into this discussion of politics and stuff, and I tried to change the subject but she wouldn't let me.

None of this would bother me if she didn't start asking me about things like freedom of speech and if I think people have the right to, say, burn the flag. And I had to say that while I would not personally burn a flag and I think it's a dumb thing to do, people do have the right to do it. And then she got all pissed and was saying that I was disrespecting veterans and that she raised me better than that. It didn't matter to her that I have NEVER burned a flag, have never attended a flag burning, I buy poppies on Memorial Day...whatever, she wasn't hearing it.

I guess maybe what I'm getting at is this: do any of you have beliefs very different from those of their parents? How do you handle it? Do you just not bring it up? (I'd try this tack but my family REALLY knows how to push my buttons.) And do any of your parents take it personally that you have different beliefs?

And I guess on some level I do want to know: *is* this disrespectful to my mom and my family somehow?


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Old 07-16-2003, 09:49 PM   #2
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No..."disagreeing" with your parents is a far cry from "disrespecting" them. To be honest, I would say that the *opposite* is true; they are disrespecting *you* by clearly stereotyping your belief system with conservatism's narrow-minded view of liberalism. Do your parents read Ann Coulter books?

I think they're due for a clear shake back into reality, and I would be resolute with my beliefs. Then tell them that if they don't like it to stop bringing it up, and maybe start stereotyping conservatives in the same way to prove a point. After all, treating conservatives like they want to bring on an Iranian, theocratic democracy to the U.S. sounds pretty accurate to me.

Of course, I don't know your family, but I have always had more of an interesting family dynamic, and I'd do this myself to my own.

Overall, I guess I feel that you need to stand your ground, and, if need be, to start being as combatative as your mother.


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I think once things become combatative, people shut down or become more entrenched in their positions. In a subtle way, the arguement becomes more about the two of you than what either of you actually politically believe.

Unless you can find a time and a place where your parents would be receptive to an open discussion on political issues with out it becoming heated and personal, I would avoid discussions on these issues or find a quick exit if they do come up. Once the discussion becomes personal in some way to either side, rarely can anything be learned or gained.

I am talking about discussions of politics here and not other things.
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pax my love

in my family, we get together with cousins, aunts, uncles, and my grandpa every other sunday for dinners. and we'd all talk about politics - for as long as i can remember - though my grandpa and uncles have pretty conservative views, my mom, cousin and myself are more uhh "liberal."

we've always kept it cordial...even when we talked about clinton.

you should probably just tell her that everyone's opinions deserve respect....be a mod with your mom

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I know it's hard to go through disagreeing with your parents- especially when they can't accept your beliefs.

Over Easter my father and I had an argument/loud discussion about Bush, when he came on TV and I said I didn't trust him. My dad got mad (even though he's a democrat ) and wanted reasons- which I cited. Then my father asked for sources. I get all my sources online- from boston.com to salon.com etc. Well then I was completely discredited because "anyone can write anything online" and told that he knew people in mental institutions because of their beliefs in conspiracy theories (he used to work there). Um...

So later that week I emailed him sources (from the shiny, acceptable washington post & other papers like that) which backed up what I had been talking about.

My best, best friend in the whole world and I don't agree on politics. Her family is very republican (because a cousin of theirs works for bush administration. other than that it makes no sense, b/c these people are not rich, and my friend herself is a TEACHER and has seen cutbacks from Romney). If politics comes up (I deter the subject usually) we agree to shut up about it. I mean, she doesn't really know a lot about the subject and gets her info from her parents. The other day I even heard her say something about "another reason to hate the french" which totalllllly threw me off guard. I dread to think of the upcoming election...

It's something that's very hard to go through, especially when parents don't have any respect (indeed they cut you down) for your beliefs. Stay strong Pax. Stay calm, (ooh my family can push my buttons too lemme tell ya ) and hopefully soon they'll start to see you're an intelligent and grown up woman who has a right to question things & not believe what her parents do "just because."
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I say just at least make sure your parents respect your beliefs. they can disagree if they want but not go overboard. my parents are the same way to the point where I am no longer allowed to talk when I'm home visiting and watching Bill O'Reilly with them. If anything, tell your mom that she at least didn't raise a dummy and you can make logical decisions for yourself even if she disagrees.
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:54 AM   #7
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Actually, my 70 year old mother is in your situation with her 96 year old mother, believe it or not.

Whenever my mom goes to visit her mom (especially when my great uncle is there, also), my grandmother will start ragging on Republicans, especially Bush, and sing the praises of Clinton. Out of repect, my mom usually resists the urge to say anything. It's usually the "singing the praises of Clinton" that is the straw that breaks my mom's back. She'll usually say something about that, but not in a disrespectful or loud manner.
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pax, I completely sympathize with you. My parents and I have some very differing views when it comes to politics and it's something that has only developed over the last five years or so. Since we don't live close to each other and only see one another on average once a year for less than a week, I try very hard not to get into politics or even religion with them when I see them. But sometimes it does come up. So far I've just laid out the reaons for my beliefs and tried to be as coherent and polite as possible, but it's very painful to realize that the people who should be the closest to me could almost be on another planet in some respects.

I feel that if parents really did their job, they will have raised to you to be a thoughtful, intelligent and independent person. And if that means you follow your convictions and turn out differently than they...well in my view that should not be threatening. It means they did well raising you, not turning you into a mindless clone of themselves.
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Old 07-17-2003, 10:33 AM   #9
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Originally posted by STING2
I think once things become combatative, people shut down or become more entrenched in their positions. In a subtle way, the arguement becomes more about the two of you than what either of you actually politically believe.

I'd say the statement "I thought I raised you better than this" is a not-particularly-subtle way to turn a political argument into a personal argument!

Good luck, paxetaurora.
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Old 07-17-2003, 01:50 PM   #10
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Everyone in my family is either very leftist or apolitical.

My mother holds very leftist views, but she does not like to get involved in politics or political debates because it is her view that politics destroys and has done more harm than good. We live in a big house on a big property, and it is a corner lot in the centre of the city. When elections come around, candidates come here months in advance, scouting our lawn, wanting to put up signs and she refuses each and every time, telling them she is apolitical. Sometimes, I feel like that's just promoting the status quo, but I always respected their views, even when I really wanted to make a statement by putting up a sign advertising for a particular politician.
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Old 07-17-2003, 02:10 PM   #11
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I want to start with this:

My first vote I ever casted (first election after my 18th Birthday) was for my father. I am VERY proud of that.

But saying that, I also have to say, he completely tows (correct spelling of that?) the party line - and that bugs me. Even when the state had a pretty decent governor - he would bash her becuase she was from the "other" party. I had to remind him of all the good she was doing for the state - and then she was recruited away by Bush for his cabinet.
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Originally posted by melon
No..."disagreeing" with your parents is a far cry from "disrespecting" them. To be honest, I would say that the *opposite* is true; they are disrespecting *you* by clearly stereotyping your belief system with conservatism's narrow-minded view of liberalism. Do your parents read Ann Coulter books?

I can't say I know what you're going through, because I don't-my whole family pretty much shares the same beliefs (although I do remember a debate one time when my sister thought that swastikas and things like that should never be drawn or used again, and my parents and I were saying that those kinds of things are just symbols, nothing more, and you also have to look at them in the context they're used and so on and so forth). My whole family's very opinionated on the big issues, so there's no holding back on our views in my house. Hence why I'm so open to expressing my beliefs (and I agree with you on the issue of flag-burning, by the way).

I can sort of sympathize with you as far as friends go, though-I do have a friend that's rather religious, and while she isn't one of those who tries to convert everyone she sees, she and I have had disagreements about religion before. She also tends to support Bush somewhat, and one day we almost got into a good fight about Bush and how good he is as president and things like that.

But you are not disrespecting your mom. Not at all. Stick to your beliefs if that's how you truly feel. Your mom's just going to have to accept your beliefs. You guys can still have good discussions about your differing views, but she shouldn't make you feel horrible about feeling the way you do-you're not doing that to her, you're respecting her views, she should therefore return the favor.

I really hope you and your mom patch things up soon. A family should still be able to get along with each other regardless of whether or not they all believe the same things.

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I am in the unique positon of having an adult son (early 20's) who I have tried to raise to have his own opinions and to vote intelligently, who I didn't even have to prompt to sign up to vote in our district when he was 18. We have the best discussions because we don't agree on everything. We usually wind up hugging each other with the last word trying - to be said by each of us, "you'll understand one day, what I'm saying. However, it's not the same with my Dad. He's still right no matter what, and it's "now that's just the way it is". period. I stick to my opinions but I'd rather talk to my son. and I don't disrespect my Dad, I just change the subject, which is sad, but Mom is there with good political discussion's so, I'm really most fortunate. If you argue your point with conviction and nothing changes then there's nothing you can really. You can't change someone's opinion, but you have the ability to help them understand, sometimes not, where you stand. But always be prepared to be told you are wrong, that's just the nature of the beast, or argument that is.
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You sound like a great parent. I give you props. I unfortunately (love him to death) grew up with a father much like yours. I just tend to avoid those types of conversations with him. Honestly I'm not sure if he really knows that part of me. It's a very unfortunate thing, because despite his absolute stubburned attitude he's a very loving father.
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I don't agree with my parents on a lot of things. They're fairly conservative and I'm pretty far left. I don't get into a lot of political discussions with them, esp my dad (i love him dearly but he doesn't have facts of any type to support his opinions. Once I asked him which political party he agreed with and he said "whichever is the opposite of Clinton's" ). My parents don't take it personally that my views are different from theirs or try to convince me of theirs. I think that they believe that I'm liberal because I'm young and that I'll grow out of it when I'm older (not going to happen ). My mom once called me a "closet liberal" and I thought that was pretty funny. I'm not ashamed of my liberalness and will tell anyone who asks me, I just don't speak up much in family discussion as I am outnumbered and don't think i'll change anyone's mind anyways.

My best friend on the other hand is very liberal and her parents are conservative. Her mom takes it very personally that she doesn't agree with her political views even though my friend is not disrespectful about it at all. She can't even let her know about the fact that she is a member of the Young Democrats at her college or she would be in big trouble. It sucks, I feel bad for her and there isn't a damn thing I can do about it .

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