I originally published this in January 2104. Given what’s going on now, I’m sad to say I think it’s still accurate.
We hear it all the time. He made me do it. I’m going to tell Mo-o-om. It’s all your fault we’re grounded. On the political side, it’s the other party that’s obstructing progress.
Why did this come up right now? I was at our local coffee shop this morning waiting for my latte and shamelessly eavesdropping on conversations. I do it all the time. It’s one way I get material for my stories and novels.
Two men sat at a table. One was complaining that his daughter, who had just landed a terrific job in New York City, was going to be paying nearly half of her gross in taxes. The conversation went like this:
Guy with daughter making six figures in Manhattan: Vote the goddamned Democrats in and all you get are higher taxes, wars and poverty.
2nd guy: I hear you. Them Democrats hate all of us. We need to get ’em out of govment.
GWD: Run ’em out of town before they get us into another goddamned war.
Those of you who know me I was dying, absolutely dying, to jump in and profess a bit of reality. First, NYC. Taxes always go up. Fact of life. Mayor Bloomberg didn’t do much to lower them during the 12 years he was in charge. Second, Bush 1 = Desert Storm. Bush 2 = Afghanistan and Iraq. John McCain = get boots on the ground in Syria.
Last time I looked, these were all the good guys, the Republicans.
I smiled sweetly when I left. I decided to follow Forrest Gump’s advice: Stupid is as stupid does. I kept my mouth shut, but I wanted to rip faces off. Wouldn’t do any good. Can’t change minds set in cement.