in many ways i avoid controversy. i duck in the shadows when politics becomes the topic of conversation. i think this has to stem from being so sure of what i believed and where i stood on 'issues' as a kid, as a result of my parents' strong opinions. i would argue that every issue was black and white (i actually said that), never gray. and i felt that every question had a logical answer.
i guess that is part of growing up, getting some perspective on your own set of beliefs, and understanding how small your view of the world is.
all of this said, no matter who you voted for, or what presidents you have supported or despised in your lifetime,
"with malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
inaugural address, 1865