[Hey, You!] A journey into the mind of a liberal-hating industrialist

Bob Aul


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You're the talkative old fella who sat down next to me at the Tustin Kean Coffee and started a conversation by declaring, "You know the only people who don't bus their own tables? Liberals." After a brief headspin, I replied amiably, "Well, I don't see how that holds much water, since I tend to lean in that direction and am pretty good about cleaning up after myself." When your first statement didn't seem to have the desired effect on me, you simply soldiered on with an anti-Obama screed that only someone with a FOX-rich diet could regurgitate. Since you appear in about the 75-to-80-year-old age bracket, I tried engaging you on a few different matters just to determine if you weren't just senile or maybe insane, but it seemed as though you were still pretty current. You even had an iPhone on which you would periodically play speeches by leading right-wing players to whomever was in earshot. Turns out you own some brass technology company in town, and the only thing that matters to you apparently is the money the president is supposedly trying to take from you. It must be nice to approach life with such a streamlined set of concerns. So stuff it, Mr. Brass Technology man. I will be sure to not sit anywhere near you in the future, but thanks all the same for the crucial glimpse into the self-righteous mind of an industrialist.

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Nothing good comes from engaging with an elderly stranger.  Especially in a conservative leaning place like Tustin/Orange County.  We're raised to treat seniors with respect and kindness, which of course is well and good for the most part.  The problem is that the be-nice-to-old-people custom seems to make a lot of them feel free to engage with strangers at will.  That's fairly harmless when they keep it to polite small talk or at least say something relevant to the time and place, but too often they open with an almost immediate revelation of their politics, religion, bigotry, racism or just about anything ranging from annoying to offensive.  I'm sorry that the OP couldn't enjoy a coffee in peace, but I got a chuckle out of the way that geezer found a way to launch his conservative rant off of someone not bussing their table!  


Sadly "Anonymous", age doesn't equate to wisdom.

I think you got a major taste of what many of us are, unfortunately, "used to"!