The next few months are not going to be pretty at our house. The months between now and, let's say, the upcoming election in November. Briefcase and I are members of opposing political parties. It's a constant battle of ideologies in our house. The political bantering is continuous, but things really heat up during election years.
About a year ago we began full-fledged political debates at the dinner table. Debates that make the kids heads spin on their necks as they attempt to keep up with the heated exchange of doctrines. A few months ago the emails began.
Briefcase started it, of course. The offensive political email exchange. I am far too mature to begin such a juvenile correspondence. He found some very obnoxious, very extreme emails that were circulating that SLAMMED my political party. Of course he began his email barrage when he was safely thousands of miles away. He forwarded them one at a time over the course of a few weeks with a note attached each time saying, "I think you should read this and consider the facts." THE FACTS? They were filled with propaganda and lies. I knew he was just trying to antagonize me, and yet I have a very … reactive (!) … type of personality and even when I know someone is pushing my buttons, they get pushed anyway.
In addition, Briefcase forwarded some of these same emails to our daughter TR who is off at college. TR is a walking genius and I don't say that because I am her mother, but because she so wisely chose the same political party as I belong to. Clearly she's exceptionally bright … just like her mother! When the first email arrived I felt my blood pressure begin to rise as I read it and then I hit "Reply All" so that both Briefcase and TR would see my eloquent reply. I believe it was typed all in cap letters, in bold typeface, possibly in bright red, and it said something along the lines of: "What a crock of shit!" TR told me later that she shared it with several of her dorm-mates who found the political atmosphere between her parents quite amusing. She apparently also explained to them her view that her family is not at all normal.
The disparaging political emails from Briefcase continued, gradually increasing in frequency. After the initial one, I did not respond. Instead, I would occasionally reciprocate by sending a political email to Briefcase slamming his political party in return. A silent war had begun. Over the course of the last few months the tone of the emails seems to be getting nastier and nastier. Mind you, Briefcase is not personally writing them – he is forwarding those "canned" emails we all get from friends. Apparently he has a bunch of ignorant friends who share his political beliefs and feel they might help convert his wife's thinking. (Not going to happen EV-AH!)
In any case, it has gotten to the point that when I look in my Inbox and see there is an email from Briefcase, I now hit "Delete" without even reading it. I figure if there is ever anything of importance he needs to tell me, he can tell me in person.