Just some thoughts:
Just some at random thoughts that ran through my mind early this morning as I sat with my coffee. (By the way in the coffee place parking lot–get and go.) Maybe I should be reminded of what Goober once said:
“Thinking too much can make a man nervous”
I know of people that if either of these two men personally discovered, were totally responsible for a cure for cancer, perfected the cure themselves after years in a lab, they would not give one minute of credit or positive affirmation.
(It’s very possibly right now someone is having a hard time just seeing these two pictures on the same page)
After my adopted parents died I found my birth mother. For the next nearly thirty plus years I had personal contact with her. She lived to be ninety-four. I liked to sit and talk with her, for a lot of reasons. She was strange in many ways. She was very political. Seldom would there be a visit that she would see that it was inserted into the conversation. She had been born and raised in my home area ,Terre Haute, Indiana, She had been and told me she would always be a Democrat. She could be more than vocal about politics. Once I ask her, “In your lifetime have you ever found anyone from a party at any level other than the one you associate yourself with, that you could give any credit?” She thought a moment, turned her head looked at me and said, “No.”
My adopted parents were not political animals. My parents probably voted more “for the man than the party” type of voting. But many of my extended family, aunts, uncles, cousins etc. Oh yes, the were strong Democrats. Often I was in the presences of political discussions. (Had one uncle that JFK and he both campaigned together when in 1960 JFK came to Indiana–that was quite a day–for the family)
I remember one of my uncles and my dad (standing outside leaning against an old Plymouth smoking Lucky Strikes) overhearing this uncle (who was a Democrat) say regarding an upcoming election. “I don’t care if the devil was runnin’ I’d vote for him before I’d vote for that guy.” He was speaking of a person of the other party.
My uncle’s man got elected. I also remember about a year later hearing my dad tell my mom, “the fella your brother voted for, well he just got indicted for bribery.” My uncle worked road construction. His man had paid off various ones in getting road contracts. Yes bribery can go both directions.
Man often has a hard time giving any credit to anyone and anything they don’t like. I heard an old coach once say after a game where he was being called a genius: “Coaches often get too much credit and too much blame.”
March 26, 2020