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Farmer's Market Political Conversation
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by Old Adage, Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Jun 15, 2010
With the elections coming up, I thought I would talk with one of the red, while and blue people on the Main Street end of the Farmer's Market. I had mentioned that the elections didn't seem to reflect the discontent I had heard so much about. The were 84 incumbents on the various primaries last week. 82 won, 1 lost, and one has a run-off. That doesn't sound earth shaking. "No," she said, "we are just a peaceful group gathering more and more steam as we move toward the election." Peaceful? Why, you're name calling reminds me of the anti-war hippies in 60's & 70's. "No, we don't name call anyone." So you don't use the words Nazi, communist or socialist in any derogatory way. "No, no we don't. Not one conservative does that". How about Glenn Beck. "Oh, no he just gets excited sometimes." I mentioned that I heard Glenn Beck say we are a socialist state and that was bad for America. He said he got that information from the library, where information is free. Don't you get the contradiction. Blank stare. "Look, I'm for hard working Americans and i don't think we should be paying for all the people that don't work and pay their fair share." Do you have health insurance? "Yes, I'm on Medicare and Social Security." So you don't work and you do have other people pay for your benefits. "Excuse me, would like to sign our petition against Obama (or something to that effect).
Look, I am not an extreme in any way. I just want this next election to mean something. It's the illogical contradictions that get me. Don't worry. Next week I'm hunting down a democrat to see what they have to say about the state of affairs.