Friday, October 09, 2009

whoo boy!

i had an 'interesting' day today- as i went to my beloved mechanic shop with the car- i guess a link pin? whatever the fuck that is- broke and that's why the car was driving so very shittily. anyhoo, i knew i was in trouble when i walked in and saw a room full of blue haired men. and one lone nerdly looking guy with a backpack and a texting machine (aka cell phone). i'll give you three guesses what they were blathering about- and three more as to which side they were blathering on. look, i generally keep my mouth shut in these situations for the same reason i don't entertain trolls- you can't change a closed heart and mind with rationality and facts. it really is that simple.

so, i sat there and i listened until things got misogynistic. i mean really? really? i am a complete stranger and you are going to sit there and 1) call nancy pelosi ugly and 'a dog' while in the same breath 2) sarah palin is good looking with moxie. that was really the straw for me. seriously. when then nice man sitting next to me assumed for some reason i was right wing and would respond warmly to his 'excuse me while i throw up' remark in response to the obama peace prize thing- oh, boy...

so, this is what i said that brought the room to an awkward silence- i simply told them that the medicare system was 'reformed' in 2003 under a republican congress and that folks are penalized 10% a year more for their medicare premiums for each year over 65 they don't enroll. yep. hey, you want to talk politics and you want to talk smack about the side you aren't on- at least use facts and not body parts to oh, make your point. seriously.

i did agree with the one nice man when he said bush destroyed the republican party- but i very thoughtfully didn't add that it was also neanderthals like the folks in that room. personal responsibility, eh, jeb?

6 comments:

Renegade Eye said...

The feminist movement became an arm of the Democratic Party, the graveyard of social movements. The limitation of feminism, is that women are from all classes.

Is that the only auto repair shop town?

an average patriot said...

At least they were right about Bush! Every time I hear a conversation about Palin and politics in general I essentially shut up because it is usually way out in left field and not worth commenting on!

betmo said...

ah ren, i doubt it matters where i go- these types of folks are everywhere. i hear them in the stores and i know people like these personally. some are extended family. the rot is pervasive.

jams o donnell said...

If you're looking for a different car repair place I would suggest the not-wife's brother's place. However, the cost of transporting the car over to teh easter edge of London might be a bit dear.....

Pagan Sphinx said...

I don't usually say anything either. When I have, I'm sometimes surprised by another person who's been quiet, who joins me in the response. That's the part that's worth it. It may not change their minds, but it reminds them that there are other ways to see things.

Georg said...

Hallo Betmo,

This is not really to comment, just to tell you that I like your lively English. Go on like this, subject no object.

Georg