Mr. TF and I went out to dinner tonight with my FIL and one of Jeff’s fellow HAM operators; the fellow was a professor of anthropology for many years and both taught and did research.
The fascinating part was listening to the professor’s stories, asking questions, discussing religion and life.
The maddening part was my FIL trying to push Glenn Beck as though he’s the next Great White Hope (bad pun most definitely intended) and QUOTING his book as though it were his own thoughts during dinner. Just because I think Glenn Beck is an amoral ass who uses his position to be an agitator and nothing more doesn’t mean I haven’t read his book or at least parts of it, seen his show, or ever heard him speak.
I think it’s very sad that my FIL is apparently so motivated by fear that he can’t see the fact that we actually are very much on the same page about the things in our lives that matter on the grand scale of things that he insists on labeling me as a liberal and thereby dismissing anything I (or anyone who thinks like me in the slightest) might have to say. He went on a tirade about entitlements and how we have too many of them in this country. I said, “Ok, well then if you think so then you should be the first one to give them up. Let’s see you give up your social security and medicare as an example to the rest of us.” I seriously thought he was going to come over the table and throttle me for a moment…seems there are only too many entitlements when they’re someone else’s…