I got into this discussion with this woman (which turned into a debate, which because we were both drinking turned into an argument) about politics the other night at a party. It all got started by her saying that she didn’t like Obama because he lied so much. I immediately pressed her for specifics and of course she had none. Then she pulled the “raised Muslim” card. (I thought we were done with this argument by now, but apparently not.) Anyway, the whole argument went this way. She’d say something dumb and unsubstantiated and I get more upset and personal each time because I was sick of hearing the absurdities. It all ended peacefully with her literally begging for me to sit back down... she must’ve liked the abuse or the education. I’d hope for the latter but I wouldn’t count on it.
The irony of it all is that I was arguing the liberal (near socialist) perspective. I’m a small business owner, my wife works in the private sector and in one week my daughter will be going to a private school. This woman worked for the USPS, her husband is a cop and all three of her kids go to public school. I find it remarkable that she gets everything — and I mean EVERYTHING — from the government but would probably gaffe at the idea that she is a socialist. It’s also no wonder that she thinks life in this country at this time is just peachy. I’m sure she has great health care and a pretty steady and higher than average paycheck.
I hear that there was a time in this country when the working class voted for those who would genuinely help them, not give them promises to make them rich. I really hope we return to this. I’m really looking forward to Obama’s speech tonight.
posted @ 6:37 AM