Thursday, October 13, 2011

Overheard at Booth 4: Aging Christian Progressive

Charles Owenson is saying, "I was looking up the lyrics to an old song by Ten Years After - 'I'd Love to Change the World' and I was amazed by the comments by all these guys who are about as old as I am - I was about, I dunno, maybe 12-13 when that song came out, and all these guys were remembering that it was still long hair and hippy days, and while we'd missed all the rallies and everything we were still kind of influenced by what our older brothers and sisters were into, and that was cool, but all these guys were saying how they didn't believe that any more, and how when you grow up you become more conservative, and how life makes you into this Republican, and

"I remembered an old joke, that said that a Democrat is just a Republican who hasn't been mugged yet. So you can kind of see how we see the Democrats as Liberals as young as idealists, and once reality sets in, you need to become a Republican, you know, conservative, what's mine is mine and what's yours is yours, and

"I dunno, but I tell you the older I get the more progressive I get, the more liberal. Maybe something's wrong with me, but I just don't see how you can fight wars to bring peace, and I don't see how a country this rich can kick people out of hospitals and let them die on the street because they can't afford health care, and I really can't see how we can say we're the best and the brightest when we're killing out own children's education and cutting off our grandparents from the bare monthly minimum needed to cover their prescriptions, and yet still spend more money on our military than the rest of the world combined.

"Yeah, I've been loving to change the world for over 50 years now, and I really only see me getting more Progressive as time goes on.

"Sorry to all my other 50 year old contemporaries who apparently are waving their guns and putting no trespassing signs all over their property."

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