And last but not least...Politics... this is a hot button topic and it's important to say that our position is A-political. Just like in biology class, we learned of beings that were A-sexual, i.e. reproduced without sex, we reproduce without politics. (joke) We don't care to discuss political parties and argue politics with people. We don't participate in politics.
Having said that, politics stink to high heaven in the u.s. unless that is, you're within the class of politically correct, highly exalted groups that subsist on benefits from those politics. In that case, politics for you are sweet. Translation: politics exalts one group while vilifying another group. It pits people against one another.
Politics is what's happening when a seemingly nice person comes to your house and is nice to you, and then they make public statements that they don't agree with you. You can always tell a political person, they are looking at you through their political spectacles. Politics creates smoke screens, and smokescreens create confusion. A confused person always says no--to the truth....that we should be spending our time loving one another.
In that respect, it's nice to be in Ecuador and away from all the noise. There has only been one case of attempted political dialog here in Ecuador by Ecuadorians. It was when myself and another gringo got into a taxi. The taxi driver asked us if gringos are a proud people and if we were pro current administration. I proceeded to adamantly explain that we don't get involved in politics. We say no to politics.
Please, if you are trying to be our friend, leave your politics at home. Just say no to politics. Here in Ecuador at least, we're not surrounded by all the noise, that is, as long as we don't turn on yahoo news.