“If Obama were running against Adolf Hitler, I’d vote for Hitler. That’s right. Adolf Hitler.”
Now I’m not saying that this sixty-ish woman is typical of the average McCain supporter. After all, the conversation to the booth next to me (I couldn’t help but overhear–Mary was in line for an extra bagel, and Micah was actually eating his breakfast peacefully) quickly turned to the fact that these senior citizens were stockpiling firearms in their homes so that, when the inevitable Black revolution that will follow Obama’s inauguration starts, they can shoot plenty of Black people.
By the way, please note that I don’t consider such things typical of McCain supporters. To attribute sociopathic tendencies to the whole lot of ’em based on a sample of three (one speaker and two who immediately agreed) would be dishonest and stupid. Public service announcement over.
Anyway, I don’t have any real philosophical work to do with that; I just had to put it up here. Mary and Micah and I usually grab some bagels and coffee for an inexpensive breakfast before church. I almost asked those folks which church they attend so that I can steer friends away from it, but I didn’t ask. I’d rather not assume that the whole congregation is like that. I’m just trying, with limited success, to deal with the fact that folks who think that way were sitting that close to me on a Sunday morning. But I can’t bring myself to say anything about those folks themselves, only reminders (mainly to myself) that they’re not typical Republicans or Southerners or anything like that, though my third-party, Hoosier soul longs to put them into all the categories that annoy me most often. Perhaps I’m becoming one of those academics who can’t deal with crazy. Oh wait. I haven’t explained that phenomenon to my good blog readers. I sense a future post coming…