Be Like Joe Biden and Meghan McCain This Christmas. [VIDEO]

Be Like Joe Biden and Meghan McCain This Christmas. [VIDEO]

Be Like Joe Biden and Meghan McCain This Christmas. [VIDEO]

Right before I left for work on Thursday morning, I saw clips of an emotional exchange from “The View,” first broadcast on Wednesday. It haunted me through my workday, and I knew I had to write about it.

The video featured Joe Biden and Meghan McCain. In it we learn that John McCain, Meghan’s dad, suffers from the same form of glioblastoma that took the life of Beau Biden, Joe’s son, two years ago.

Here’s the video. I suggest having tissues ready.

Now Joe Biden and John McCain are good friends, even though they are from opposite political parties. Sometimes they have been on conflicting sides in the past. Yet on Wednesday the Democratic senator and the daughter of his Republican counterpart set aside their own political differences. They were just Joe and Meghan, speaking of family, and love, and hope. And while Joe will again feel that loss of his son this Christmas, most likely Meghan will experience the same void next year.

In that spirit I ask: can we all just set aside politics amongst our families this holiday?

Oh, it’s fine to clamor like political gladiators throughout the year. After all, we do that at this blog each day. And it might give great satisfaction to knock the liberals in your family down and peg or two.

But is it worth it? Is it worth the risk to alienate some members of your family?

Those of us who are older know from experience that loved ones leave us much too soon. Early in December of 2000, my father-in-law passed away from leukemia. Less than three weeks later we got together for Christmas, trying to celebrate despite the obvious hole. Five months later my mother-in-law passed on the day of our daughter’s high school graduation. It was also Mother’s Day.

Five years ago I lost my own mother, robbed of her wit and vibrancy by Alzheimer’s. My father is now 93, and like Meghan McCain I dread what will be inevitable.

So this Christmas please remember that no political argument is worth the alienation of your loved ones. Don’t wear your MAGA hat to your holiday gathering, hoping to needle your liberal aunt. Let the only snowflakes you talk about be the ones falling outside your window. Exchange joke lines from A Christmas Story, not barbs about Hillary Clinton. Discuss whether or not the song “Last Christmas” really sucks, not if President Trump does.

There will always be intersectional feminists and idiot celebrities and leftist politicians we can disparage throughout the year. They will never go away, and will always keep replacing themselves. But our loved ones leave us much too soon, even if they sometimes infuriate us. And they will never be replaced. So this Christmas let’s put down the political lenses. Don’t go poking bears. Be like Joe and Meghan and focus on family, and love, and hope.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

3 Comments
  • Cameron says:

    So this Christmas please remember that no political argument is worth the alienation of your loved ones.

    You mean the uncle who called me a bigot or the cousin that refers to me as a homophobe? Just want to make sure I’m clear.

    • Kim Quade says:

      Yes. Even them.
      How is bearing a grudge useful?
      What does it prove?
      What does it accomplish?

      Thanks for reading.

      • Cameron says:

        I’m not out to “prove” anything. At my age, I simply see no point in having any kind of relationship with people who view me as sub human. I can acknowledge their existence and pay them no mind afterward. I’ve got people in my life that care about me and it’s better to dedicate my time and energy towards them instead.

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