I was sitting in the sauna at the YMCA a few days ago . There was another guy there and we began to talk politics . Only we talked around issues and candidates , beat around the political bush , because neither of us wanted to get into a useless fiery conversation about this or about that , or about her vs. him . We discussed people we each knew who held fanatical positions in the current campaign for President . That held the arguments at arms length .
” Are you going to watch the debate ? ”
” Oh , yeah . ”
All of my local friends , however , begged off when I asked about the debate . Hey , are you going to watch the debate ? Not one of them said they planned to do that . They twisted up their noses and said no .
I was looking for a TV so I could watch the thing . I was curious to see , mostly , if the moderator , Lester Holt , could get them to discuss policies instead of just continuing the purely entertainment approach that seems to have dominated the race so far .
I remember those Republican debates . I saw only a few bits of them . Moderator : “ He called you a filthy pig on national television . What do you have to say about that ? ” Who cares ? Really .
I got one of my friends to agree to let me sit in front of his TV tonight to watch the debate . He said he’d be in another room , couldn’t bring himself to watch the thing , but I was welcome to come over and watch . He didn’t want to see Trump bully Hillary Clinton , he explained . Maybe he expected her to crumble , and he didn’t want to see it . He’s had enough of the campaign crap , I guess .
Oh , I have a couple of friends who say they’ll vote for Trump . I know another guy who supports Jill Stein and hates Hillary . He really hates her with a passion . Warmonger . Same old same old political hack . He was a burner for Bernie until Bernie dropped out and told people , I guess, to support Hillary . Now my buddy hates Bernie , too . Well , could be , more correctly stated , my ex-buddy , because his Facebook posts label me as various things : an idiot , a coward , etc. , and ,lately , as a “sycophant”. Not that I take it personally , but I’ll be sure to get that checked sometime soon .
Reminds me of the guy who I met once for a couple of drinks and a few jokes at a wedding several years ago , who I followed religiously on Facebook for years until one day , and against my better judgement , I offered a small courteous-as-I-could comment that disagreed with his opinion , and I was forcefully reprimanded and subsequently quickly blocked from his site. He said that he ” didn’t have to listen to someone like you ” about me , which took me aback a bit . I was wondering how he knew me enough to be so offended by someone like me , given that we’d only met that once for a few minutes . Maybe he didn’t like my jokes . I could understand that , and I might even agree with him on that point ; but I don’t really think that was what was sticking in his craw with the FB problem. Oh , well .
Trump ? are you kidding me ? Every statement out of his mouth is either a lie or nonsense . He’ll make the country great , fantastic ! How ? He’ll make great deals . We don’t want to reveal the details to the enemy , though . No , he wasn’t involved in the birther controversy . Hillary Clinton started it ; but Trump ended it . Didn’t he offer the President a million bucks for the birth certificate , or something like that ? Isn’t there videotape to document most of his lies ? Sure . And , what about releasing his tax returns ? She’s right to say it’s his own reality .
Hillary lies , too , but do we all have to consider her lies equivalent to Trump’s , when his are so immediately provable ? And when the news media , or whomever, point out the lies , then they’re ” so mean , so horrible ” to poor meek and humble Donald .
Vote for Jill Stein ! Bernie let us all down ! We live in a police state and the country is a violent war-mongering entity bound to deny human rights and to cause trouble in the world ! . And all the time I thought we were pure as the driven snow and perfect and saintly . My bad !
Up on the mountain where Ada and I have our little A-frame cabin , I see plenty of Trump signs , and a few ” Hillary For Prison ” signs . Apparently lots of these folks are anti-government types who think Trump will be their savior . One guy lines his driveway with orange highway cones as if hoards of people are dying to park in front of his garage . I don’t really get it , but it makes sense to him .
So , I went over to my friend’s place to watch the debate . His wife made chili . She gave me some and then went to another room to watch some English sitcom . They have two TVs , or more , and Ada and I gave up our TV reception a year or so ago . It’s a mess , folks. This country has become a third world country because of these political hacks who have messed everthing up .
I’m moving to China . Trump says their political leaders are so much better than ours . Or to Mexico. Same reason .
I continued talking to the guy in the sauna at the Y . He said he’s thrown his TV out three years ago . He said , because of that action , he isn’t bothered by the presidential campaign , of who said what about whom and all of that noise . He wakes up these days , he said , and looks out at his flower garden , then walks his dog , then has a good breakfast before he goes to work , and he feels good about the world .
Might be a secret Libertarian Gary Johnson supporter , I think , this guy . You never know . Trust no one .