How the left ruined my friend, By Vegita
This past weekend i went to a party at one of my friends houses. We were drinking a few beers but the party had really just started so noone was even close to being drunk or even buzzed. I decided to talk to my friend lets call him jim for lack of a better name, about the upcoming election and who he thought the better candidate was. I had gone all through high school and even attended the same 2 year college as jim so it was safe to say we knew eachother well.
At the outset jim indicated that he thought kerry was the better candidate and that he thought bush was “A Moron” exact words. I asked him why bush was a moron and he said he is just a dumb person. I then asked if he were smart would you like him, he said no. I asked what else about him he didn’t like. He asked me if I had watched F-9/11, I laughed a little and said no but I have heard much debate and commentary on the film and have a good idea of what it is about. He then said well duh the movie says it all, bush is a liar and is all about big oil. I disagreed with him about the film and said that Mr. Moore was a very good spin doctor and that he twisted many of the clips to his point of view to make the administration look bad. I cited the example of the congressman who was asked if he had relatives in Iraq. He said that never happened and said I must be stupid to believe anything bush said.
We debated for several more minutes mostly arguing about stem cell research, which my friend jim had never read the actual bill. He said Bush wanted to make stem cell research illegal to practice in the US. I corrected him and said I have read the bill and that is not what it says. I told him that the bill purposes that no federal money will be used to fund research on some types of stemm cell research but that private orginizations were free to do as they wanted. I also informed him that all the major drug breakthroughs in the past decade or more have been funded by private companies and not the federal government so it really is a non issue anyways. He said bush is a bible thumper and he thought I was smarter than that. He called me a few more names and was starting to get physically upset. I informed him that he did not need to get upset, I was ok with him having a different opinion and he should allow me to have a differing one than himself. I also told him that name calling was not a very effective way to win an argument or a debate. The fact that you think i’m stupid does not make your point any more right.
We then shifted our discussion to the war in Iraq. He immediately thre this at me… This is the wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time. I almost pissed my pants but instead remained calm I told him that with the intelligence we had at the time, it looked like it was the right decision to make even though it was a tough decision. I said bush didn’t go into this to be a hero, he really thought Saddam was a threat. He Argued that the un didn’t agree with us, I brought up that they were in bed with saddam through oil for food. He said its all bullshit, I said he didn’t read into it enough and if he felt so strongly about these topics I could send him some information on it that might shed some more light on the subject. He started getting angry with me again and calling me names, He then said “you think I don’t know what I’m talking about, I was a history major in college” he repeated that several times and then called me a moron several more times. I then looked calmly at him and said, “Jim, I know you were a history major, so was I at the same damn school, we took the same f-ing classes.”
I decided that my friend jim had lost his mind and asked him if we could perhaps continue the debate some other time as I wanted to drink heavily at the moment. He agreed and we went on to other things and had a ball the rest of the night. For that 20 minutes, he was not the person I grew up with, not the person i know and love, he was an anger filled man, he was being consumed by it and I really felt bad for him. This guy wouldn’t say shit if his mouth was full of it and here he was calling me stupid and forgetting that I came from the exact same educational backroud as he did. Oh and I got straight a’s in our history classes and He failed out. Go figure.
Vegita ~ Prince of all Sayajins