I was raised in Connecticut. After college I moved to California "for one year" but ended up meeting my husband and having children. 23 years later, we moved "home." My husband and I own an organic bread bakery and restaurant in our town. We have 4 children, our youngest is in elementary school; our oldest is at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis.
The conveniences of modern life have conditioned Americans to expect bespoke products and services at every turn. We are all guilty of it: Coffee used to be black or with cream. Now it has to be a double shot, low fat, vanilla skim latte.... not too hot! If it's not coffee, it's jeans. If it's not jeans, it's a personal trainer, or an electronic assistant. Consumer compromise has been almost engineered out of us. So now when it comes to politics, people apply the same expectation: We want what-we-want/when we want it... and we won't settle for less. This is fine is it means your barista has to re-do your latte, but please don't hold our government hostage while you dig in over a really extreme partisan issue. I am ready to compromise and want my elected officials to do the same.
Responsible gun ownership.
1). Get BIG money out of politics so elected officials don't spend so much time raising money and can spend more time working. 2). Get congress to work 5 days a week again. Back when they worked 5 days, families lived in Washington. Republicans and Democrats socialized on weekends - at school events, church, sports. Come Monday morning they were more likely to be flexible. Rick Nolan (D- MN) proposed a bill back in 2014. We should try to resurrect that!