Went to my meeting, and it is remarkable how quickly my predictions about people come true.
It surprises some people when I tell them I'm a Republican. "But you drive a hybrid. You compost and recycle. Republicans don't do that!" I have applied logic to every action in my life, in as much as I am able, and I have found these things to be positive actions FOR ME and for my family. I'm not trying to save the planet, I don't care to debate the merits, or lack thereof, of climate change, I'm doing what works for me. If that happens to be seen as living green, I really don't care and that's not why I do it.
That I look like a dirty hippie probably doesn't help most people reconcile their ideas about Republicans with what they see in front of them.
So, a few weeks back when my husband and I attended our Town Council meeting, I mused that it was only a matter of time before some of the other pro-chicken people played the politics card and asserted that Republicans were bad/evil/the problem/whatever. At some point, there was going to be some Republican bashing, period, end of story.
Today was our very first meeting to strategize, network, touch base, divide tasks, etc, to get things moving so we can push the town to change the law.
One of the women in attendance mentioned that the resistance from the council was probably because they were all Republicans. I corrected her, as our Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, and 3 of the 5 Council members are Democrats. She was later talking about "feeling out the neighbors" looking for allies and mentioned one neighbor in particular who was "obviously very Republican." After listening to her rant (she happened to be sitting next to me), I leaned over and told her that keeping backyard chickens is a topic that has nothing to do with party politics. She grinned at me, and stifled a laugh, so I told her I was a Republican. She turned white as a ghost and spent the better part of the next 10 minutes trying to talk over everyone else and back-track out of her anti-Republican comments. ("But most Republicans don't care about feeding their families healthy food.") I resisted the urge to laugh at her ignorance. It was hard, I'm in need of a good laugh.