Bumper sticker: Not Trump/Don’t Know/Leave me alone
I’m thinking of finding and giving this bumper sticker to several of our kids. I use the term loosely because “our kids” are all in their fifties.
Being kindly kids they tolerate their parent’s (read Mom’s) political leanings which have been all over the place for most of their lives.
Dad David or Pop has been a Democrat all his life, but has voted for the odd Republican. He says he has been a Dem because his own dad was president of his union and a both he and his dad were Southern boys from NC where you voted for the Dem if the devil was on the ticket.
David worked in Hillary’s, then McCain’s campaign in 2008. Neither of us liked Obama because we knew he was an inexperienced fellow which certainly turned out to be the case.
We like Obama better these days, although we still think he’s made some dreadful mistakes while “learning on the job.” And no thanks to those recalcitrant and extremely uncooperative Republicans in Congress. Perhaps not acting in Syria sooner, mostly because some Liberals still have a hangover from Vietnam, was Obama’s biggest mistake.
The problem of course is that every single president we’ve had has made at least one dreadful mistake, even the vaunted Reagan. That some of them leave a positive legacy is truly miraculous. Many don’t.
Poor old Hillary. Every time she puts her foot in her mouth it seems to send the media into spasms. The latest is her “deplorable.”
Brit Hume and other reporters have said that when you tell the truth in Washington, it becomes a slip.
Often, but not always, the better educated (i.e. received a formal education) and wealthier, think they are superior to those on the right. This attitude irritates me no end, and smacks of the old Puritan belief in “the elect”, although, I have sometimes held that opinion myself, particularly towards a former BIL.
However, having held right-wing opinions at certain times in my life as during the Vietnam and Iraq wars, I believe I can understand both sides.
First of all, being religious and liking guns does not mean you are racist, bigoted or ignorant. They don’t go hand in hand. My daughter is a crack shot, has a conceal carry license, is very religious, belongs to the NRA, and with two master’s degrees is very educated.
I’ve known very religious African-Americans who eschewed all violence and voted Republican. I’ve known religious African Americans who voted for Bush then Obama. And there are plenty of non-religious types carrying guns and killing people.
Okay, I’m tired of this post. If you want to be better informed about others, read
1/ Listen Liberal, or what ever happened to the Party of the People, by Frank Thomas, or
2/ White Trash: The four hundred year history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg.
As for me, I’m reading Madeline Albright’s Memoire, Madam Secretary and reminding myself that foreign policy is damn hard work. Perhaps we need a Bitch in the White House?