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Mandy Patinkin: How I became political -- and why you should too

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Mandy Patinkin writes, though the political climate is divisive and exhausting, we must commit to show up and vote in the 2020 presidentia election. It's the only way we're going to fall in love with one another again.

When we were first dating, my wife, Kathryn, asked me what political party my parents belonged to.

Early on, when Kathryn and her friends would talk politics, I would politely listen and consider it something of an intellectual indulgence.

So, when people tell me to "stay out of politics," I can only think, "but that's impossible. "

Love, not hate, forged my political consciousness.

But when I look instead to the politics of everyday people, the way Kathryn and Martin and so many others taught me, I see something else.

I see more people than ever becoming politically engaged.

I can understand why people might want to steer clear of politics right now, to suggest, "I'm not political," and leave it at that.

If you're conservative, you probably think Biden is too liberal.

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