I lean left. This is not a surprise to many of you I am certain. Those of you who know my father's political tendencies or have ever read the slogan's on my little brother's t-shirts knew something democratic was going on with those Williamses. But recently, I've kind of kept my political ideology under the radar.
In high school my pal Hillary and I used to be in Beau Sorenson and Kenny Martin's faces telling them that their club of Young Republicans would never see Bob Dole take office (Turns out we were right. "Clinton/Gore got 4 more." I think that was our slogan.) I was loud and proud about it then but I realized I was definitely a Utah County minority. I found out in those days that telling folks your daddy was a Democrat was only good for shock value.
Nowadays, shock isn't exactly the reaction I'm after. So I mostly keep quiet. Even in one of my "multicultural education classes" at BYU (that is in quotes because the class was NOT about multicultural education as much as it was about "why the democratic party will lead you to Hell") I kept my yapper shut so as not to get into trouble with my professor. He did hand me one of my papers back and corner me to say "You really denied me the opportunity to see into your brain." I just replied, "Frankly, I didn't care to think about your article that much."
I mention my political beliefs to friends that I know won't bite my head off. But mostly I only really talk politics with my family. However, this week I came out to my in-laws. It was over Sunday dinner. During casual family conversation the well spread rumor about Barack Obama's radical Islamic upbringing came up. I sprung into action "dousing" the anti-Obama slander with a little too much factual "flame retardant". When I was finally finished my sister in law Megan said, "So, you're voting for Obama then, Megs?" I nodded, "Yeah, I guess I came out about that one." And you know what, it wasn't so bad.
So, now I'm telling you: Hi everybody, I'm voting for Barack Obama. And if you're not so keen on McCain, I'm thinking you should, too.