Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Interesting conversation over lunch

On travel to scenic AZ today, I lunched with long-time colleague & USMC reservist. He & I have close to nothing in common politically - but we still manage to discuss politics with more than a little civility. (We DO agree that "gas-tax holiday" is a really stupid idea!)

He mentioned that he'd recently received "Push-Poll" call from some group or other... "What is your opinion of McCain?"
- His response, "Very negative."... but he's also VERY NEGATIVE on any and all Dems in sight!

He then mentioned another political call that based "anti-McCain" spiel on premise that McCain would just be a third W term. His response (paraphrased/remembered):
"If I thought McCain would be a Bush third term, I'd vote for him. But I think he'll be a hundred times worse than Bush. Listening to no dissenting voices, with limited understanding of domestic or foreign policy issues."
Again - my colleague is quite conservative. Even he thinks McCain is a loser!

On the plus side: my colleague sees no possibility of imminent deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. He DID participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom... after more than a year on a truly pointless "Homeland Security" assignment. His letters from Iraq provided an entertaining blow by blow account of the campaign, including his account of a firefight in Baghdad during which he "had never been prouder to be a Marine."

Digression: recalling from my very-long-ago U.S. Army service that mailcall was delightful when you got mail, when colleague was first called up post 9/11 I resolved to write him at least 1 letter/week... and came pretty close to living up to this commitment. That correspondence continued through his deployment to Iraq, and even for a year or so after his return. (Tho' after his return, corresponding via email would have much quicker!)

Writing letters is fun, and allows one to participate in a grand old tradition. Though our correpondence almost certainly will never be collected as was the correspondence between John Adams & Thomas Jefferson, nevertheless it was enjoyable for both parties.


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