This past week, I joined with others in taking an eight-hour gun safety course that was needed if one decided to pursue a CCW--Concealed Carry Weapon permit.
During the breaks, the guys would usually get together near one vehicle and the ladies, near another. It was during one of these breaks that the conversation turned to the ME wars.
One dude stated, "I wish we'd gone into Iran when we were still in Iraq, and finished the job."
My reply: "Invade Iran on what basis? Using some of the same lies we were told about Iraq? Saddam had no WMD's; had nothing to do with 9/11 and he wasn't about to attack the United States."
Another replied: "I know for a fact that the Democrats (With these folks, it's either Democrats or those damned liberals that cause all our problems) sold Saddam 680 tons of Sarin nerve gas."
Me again: "That figure sounds way too high, but both Democrats and Republican administrations and Congress sold Saddam precursor agent used to make biological and chemical weapons, but none were found.
As for Congress, nearly all of that Goddamn crowd is corrupt..."
As soon as I said the dreaded G-word, the guy standing closest to me jumped as if he'd been hit by an electrical shock, clenched his fists and turned towards me, glaring hatred in his eyes. Thought for a second he was going to pop me in the mouth, but maybe he realized that action probably would've cost him his gun safety course certificate.
Another said: "I'm all for waterboarding those Muzzies. And if they don't talk, they should be shot on the spot."
Me: "I thought America was known as a Christian nation. Whatever happened to the 10 Commandments, especially the one that says "Thou Shalt Not Kill?" Has that been changed to read, "Thou Shalt Not Kill Christians, but it's OK to murder Muslims?"
After that reply, no one had a FOX News canned answer to reply with, so we drifted apart.
At the next break, when I tried to join in their little 'Glenn Beck Moronathon,' and made a comment, they all turned their backs to me. But I heard them still discussing those danged liberals and Democrats and one said:
"I don't know much about all of this, I just hope Sarah Palin's our next president."
They need to hang a sign on their back that says:
Ignorance is one thing, that can be cured. But Stupidity is terminal, especially when one clings to it like a drowning man does a tree branch.