Saturday, August 12, 2017

Why Are We Surprised?

Beautiful wife Sandy and I had just finished marveling at the latest revelation that our undistinguished president of the United States cheats during his frequent golf games. I headed out into the real world to run a few errands in our nearby small city. Small-town folks have a reputation as being good guys. Most in our part of the world also are political conservatives.

I spotted a parking space near the entrance of my first stop and started to pull into it. I didn't pull very far. A small auto was parked about halfway into the space and also into the adjacent space, leaving only enough room for a bicycle or motorcycle in either area. I muttered #@*&, and parked a considerable hike away from my destination.

Upon leaving, I dutifully waited at a three-way-stop intersection until all was clear. Or so I thought.
As I pulled into the road, a middle-aged gent in a yellow convertible sailed through the red stop sign in his lane. He didn't even slow down as he missed me by a scant six inches. After I stopped trembling, I muttered &^#% and cautiously proceeded.

I needed just one item at the next stop, a large supermarket. The market was busy, but many checkout stations were open including one featuring a large sign that said, "Twelve or Fewer Items Only." Ah, said I as I carried  my single purchase to that station.  Alas, I was forced to wait impatiently as the older "gentleman" ahead of me watched the cashier check his 36 items (yes, I counted them; I had plenty of time). When it was my turn, I observed, "At least I have 12 items or less." The cashier simply smiled.

Almost a majority of  eligible Americans voted for Donald Trump, and many of us have wondered how on earth they could select an unprincipled egomaniac as the nation's leader. Perhaps the Trumpists among us simply favored someone who reflects  their own #^&*^@ behavior. 

12 comments:

joared said...

Excellent point! I've been at a loss to understand how so many people could support a candidate whose morals and ethics are counter to everything they stay they stand for -- whose actions are counter to their best interests and the words he speaks. Perhaps they're too focused on self to notice.

Rummuser said...

Not being an American, I refrain from commenting, but I assure you that I can ask similar questions and give similar examples in our great nation as well. Humans everywhere are the same.

PiedType said...

For a number of years I've observed, with great sadness, the coarsening of our society in both language and behavior, the growing disdain for norms, manners, consideration of and respect for others. Trump has long epitomized such behavior (and worse) and was supported by those who think it either inconsequential or acceptable. He also benefited greatly from having an opponent that many Americans despise. I hope his falling ratings are an indication that, belatedly, those who voted for him are finally realizing their mistake.

Kay said...

I just read your post to my husband and that just started him on repeating his pet peeve about people in check out lines with more than what the limits called for. As for Trump... arrrgghhhh! His response to Charlottesville showed his colors. Those Neo-Nazis are his base.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand your dismay?
What were the choices on the political ticket?
Vote for a lying, cheating, life-long corrupt, professional politician whose only claim that qualified her to win an election was her vagina?
Or a successful businessman?

You think America has problems now?
Can you even imagine what chaos the world would be in if Hillary got elected?

Grow up and face reality. Obama got us into this mess. Not the few months Trump has been in power. Hillary would have been the final nails in the American coffin.

Dick Klade said...

Normally, I would delete a political comment from someone who lacked the courage to sign their name. Leaving this one, however, indicates the type of person who makes up the core of Trump's base.

Anonymous said...

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Dick Klade said...

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Anonymous said...

Is it "safe" to post an email Dick?

Big John said...

No politics, just an experience at one of those 'express' ten items checkouts. I had a cart full of items and was standing in line at the adjacent checkout to an 'express' one, when the checkout girl at that vacant 'express' said it would be OK to use it as it was a very quiet time. So I started to unload my cart when an elderly couple appeared and started ranting loudly about ... "Some bloody people should learn how to read **^?* etc. !" .. I almost feared for my life ! These were not .."The folks who live on the hill".

Dick Klade said...

John, here they also will wave people with many items into the express lane if it is empty. When I've seen that, or had it happen to me, the checkout person tells those who follow that it was approved. Sounds like that should have happened in your case.

Kay said...

I've seen that happen at express check-outs too and felt the cashier should have said something to the customer. It's very annoying. You really managed to get a lot of irresponsible, dangerous people on this day. As for Trump... just add any expletive you can think of. He raises my mother's blood pressure too. And yet, there is a third of the people in Hawaii that still support him. What is the matter with them?