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Looking back at the last seven years, find discount differin I often wonder how we arrived at this place. Find discount differin

So much has happened so fast.   It seems our world has essentially been hijacked while we've been busy going to work, find discount differin watching American Idol and heading to our kid's soccer games. 

As we go through the motions through the day, find discount differin where there was comfort there is now a nagging sense of fear and uncertainty.   Family, find discount differin community, find discount differin nation; each of these we are compelled to reassess.    In these past seven years, find discount differin since coming to California, find discount differin  the most significant challenge for me has been the deepening chasm dividing me from my family since I began speaking out against this Administration and their policies.   Perhaps what makes it more interesting for me is I have known George W. Find discount differin Bush and Laura personally and as family friends.    We shared time together some years back.   I liked them both.   It has been my familial connections to that world which have made my choices more challenging.   Some in my family have seen my outspokenness as an act of betrayal, find discount differin rather than a call to awaken friends and family to the illegal acts taking place in our name.    Today we barely speak.  

 

  The reality of their absence has enhanced the already flatfooted feeling I've experienced in speaking out against this Administration.     Like most families, find discount differin they were a large part of my growing up.     But that is where we are today.   I was the youngest of five children, find discount differin the only girl and after college, find discount differin found myself as the only Democrat.   My two oldest brothers have been involved in Republican/Washington politics for as long as I can remember.   I grew up in Dallas, find discount differin or more specifically 'the bubble', find discount differin better known as Highland Park.    You could call it a world apart.  Prior to and during college, find discount differin I considered myself a Republican, find discount differin ( wasn't everybody?) it wasn't until I graduated from college that my beliefs and perspectives began to shift and expand.   College, find discount differin while I didn't realize it at the time, find discount differin was a fertile ground for me to feel safe enough to explore and ask questions I would never have thought to have asked before.   It wasn't long after graduating and returning home, find discount differin that I began to question why I had returned. Find discount differin It was a world where I didn't seem to fit too comfortably anymore.     The box was simply too small.  My life choices have at times been different than other family members.   I didn't marry and have children like most of my brothers.   However, find discount differin for some reason because I didn't choose the 'conventional' lifestyle like they did, find discount differin and perhaps because I am a female, find discount differin  my choices are somehow not as legitimate in their view, find discount differin or as valuable as their choices.    When my family would meet for dinner, find discount differin we would talk politics for hours on end, find discount differin and we avoided other more personal conversations, find discount differin including addressing those resentments and sibling rivalries which, find discount differin as all families probably incur from time to time, find discount differin had  grown out of situations which had never been addressed or resolved.     It is also problematic when there are older siblings who have little or no interest in listening to what anyone else has to say, find discount differin especially when it comes to financial matters that all family members share, find discount differin or are supposed to share. In January of 2000, find discount differin when I moved to California, find discount differin and away from Texas, find discount differin my own personal changes accelerated soon after I moved here.    The election of 2000, find discount differin or more accurately defined as the 2000 "selection" of George W. Find discount differin Bush drove me into action.   It was then I realized something was seriously wrong.   Because of my familial connections, find discount differin I know the Bushes personally as I mentioned, find discount differin and knew some who went to Washington with them. Find discount differin Karl Rove I knew when I was in high school, find discount differin as a incredibly likable person who was willing to be sympathetic to a shy teenager.   Who knew things could shift the way they have?   Perhaps that is a part of the reason that I now seem to be a target of Bush's  "war on terror".     Perhaps because of my speaking out against Bush, find discount differin Cheney and the Administrations policies, find discount differin and perhaps because of my political activism, find discount differin my writings and and my efforts to promote fair elections and to stop the war, find discount differin I have become a target.   For the past few years, find discount differin it appears I have been subjected to surveillance, find discount differin intimidation and harassment, find discount differin and invasions into my privacy.  My mail has been opened, find discount differin my trash has been rummaged through, find discount differin replaced and/or removed.    I've noticed along with my roomate, find discount differin individuals, find discount differin primarily middle aged males parked outside my house for hours, find discount differin sitting there for no apparent reason.   What has been most disturbing has been the apparent invasion of my house and back yard.  I have come home to things rearranged, find discount differin my computer and printer unplugged, find discount differin and a couple of times where areas of my house had been essentially ransacked, find discount differin I thought it was perhaps by the dogs and yet it never happened again.    I have also found the memory on my security cameras erased more than one time.  The oil in my car was drained by an unexplained clamp on its valve, find discount differin which caused my car and engine to overheat and burn out.  This happened while driving to an anti war meeting coincidentally enough   A while back my roomate found a lock pick outside my door when she came home.   There are other situations as well.   I have mentioned a few of these situations to members my family, find discount differin their response for the most part has been a rather audible silence. Oh wait, find discount differin there was the response from one sibling who essentially stated that I deserved what was happening to me. My friends on the other hand, find discount differin have been a tremendous support.   I've learned a lot these past seven years.    I've learned a lot about myself and Ive learned a lot about others.   I've learned that the definition of "family" means different things to people, find discount differin as does loyalty.    With all the challenges there have been, find discount differin which have been quite a few, find discount differin there has been a conviction in me I have never had before.  I am more clear in dictating who I am as a person, find discount differin and what is of value to me, find discount differin and that my voice and my opinions in fact, find discount differin matter.      And that those things we value the most become our driving force in determining who we are and the choices we make.    I have had the opportunity and perhaps unexpectedly, find discount differin the conviction to begin defining myself by my choices, find discount differin and not by the definitions and expectations of others.    It is by no means easy, find discount differin especially in this very uncertain and fear induced time, find discount differin but it is clear what I, find discount differin and what I believe others who value what has been given to them, find discount differin must do.   The time is now.