My grandfather, affectionately known as "Poppy" is the most conservative man I know. Probably not the most open-minded (but I think at 80 years-old he's earned that right) person in the world, but definitely one of the most honorable. He fought in WWII in the Navy, and as a Marine in the Korean War. The Korean was fought over communism, and trying to stop it. He put his life on the line so others could have the same freedoms we enjoy in America. He lost friends. He saw horrific things that I cannot imagine. To fight for freedom. To stop socialism.
I called him today. He simply sounded depressed. He told me he has never been more disappointed in his country. I was surprised at how sad his voice really sounded. It wasn't a joking, light hearted, oh boy we're in trouble... it was disgust and disappointment. After we hung up I started to think about it. About how this is personal to him. How to him it probably doesn't seem that long ago he was fighting in that war to stop communism. And now his country has elected a leader who is wanting to "spread the wealth".
Maybe this should be a post for my "Choosetheright.wordpress.com" blog. I usually keep politics out of this. But really I just feel for the 80-year-old man.