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Pence's Holiday Vacation Neighbors Greet Them With 'Make America Gay Again' Sign

Contrary to popular belief in today’s day and age, there remains a time and a place to make political points. That time and place is not every waking moment. There is an incredible amount of engagement in topics of a political nature these days, and that should be a good thing.

Unfortunately, it’s not turning out that way in a lot of cases. There are many folks that confuse their increased engagement with a green light to make any and all conversations about politics, and they complement the incessant chatter with actions designed to show how engaged they are with things.

The current environment on social media is a perfect example of how things have metastasized in that regard. At any point in time, there’s a gaggle of folks butting heads while bandying about partisan talking points and claiming them as their own. If some big news happens to break about politics? Forget about it.

The various platforms will be completely littered with hot takes as far as the eye can see, and there seems to be a race to the bottom in terms of who can drop the snarkiest or most hyperbolic observation about the latest piece of info.

Of course, this happens in other walks of life as well. Simple gatherings, meetings in the workplace, and even just random everyday occurrences can quickly be taken off track when someone feels the need to inform everyone else how they feel about things. An interesting example of that took place over the holidays, and it involved Vice President Mike Pence and his family.

Pence and company didn’t suddenly develop a flair for the dramatics, but their vacation neighbors filled the void.

As the Independent Journal Review shares, the neighbors felt the need to adorn the stone pillar that borders the property between the two homes with a rainbow flag that shared a message with the Pence’s.

“Make America Gay Again,” the flag read.

It’s no secret that Pence holds staunchly conservative views. He’s previously sought legislation opposing same-sex marriage, and he’s a frequent target of the LGBTQ community as a result.

Nonetheless, Pence doesn’t shun those that have a viewpoint that differs from his. In fact, the family realized that their attempt to troll the Vice President was for naught, as Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo explained.

"He was real sheepish and thought he might be confronted by the Secret Service or deputies who'd tell him he couldn't do it," DiSalvo noted. "When they said, 'We're not here to control your free speech rights,' they came out with chili and began feeding them."

It’s nice to hear that the neighbors offered up a touching gesture to the Secret Service after being treated so civilly, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that they were attempting to make the Vice President and his family feel unwelcome over differing beliefs. The neighbors are entitled to believe as they wish.

In fact, that’s actually encouraged in the nation that they reside in along with Pence and his family. However, there remains a time and a place to address those differences. When families are enjoying a much-needed holiday break is not one of them.

Perhaps this will serve as a learning experience for the neighbors. Maybe they’ll even learn that there’s an appropriate time and place to show how darn engaged they are with things.

Source: Independent Journal Review, The Hill
Photo: TheAspenTimes/Twitter, The Hill Screenshot, YouTube

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