The circumstances that lead to the phone call are incidental. Suffice it to say that the female on the other end of the line lives in Montgomery, is in her 70’s and like me, is Caucasian
We were doing the usual “who’s your mama and ’em” when she wanted to know if I was voting for Trump or Biden..
“Biden,” I told her.
She went off like a Roman candle. Immediately questioning my manhood, patriotism, heritage and God knows what else. Suddenly I was a 2nd class citizen, unfit to even cast a ballot.
She told me that masks worn for protection during the pandemic were worthless, that most deaths attributed to Covid-19 were from something else and that all she watched was Fox News. (Which explained a lot to me.)
I told her that grandpa fought in WWI and daddy was in WWII and that I was not a draft dodger like Trump. She did not want to hear any of it. According to her, Biden is a socialist and that “black” woman will be running everything if he is elected. I was jolted by her total lack of tolerance or civility. I was the only “white” person she knew who was not voting for Trump..
I told her that if she wanted to vote for Trump, fine. That this is a free country and therefore we can vote for whomever we wish. Which includes me.
No doubt there are Biden supporters who are just as vocal and obnoxious as she was. People who have forgotten what civility is and what it encompasses.
They are just as disturbing as she was.
Auburn University and the University of Alabama will play football against each other on Nov. 28. It is an intense, storied rivalry, some say the fieriest of any in college football. Young athletes will spare no effort to best the other team that day. But watch what happens as soon as the game ends. Men from both sides will shake hands afterwards, they will hug one another, share a laugh. They are both civil toward and respectful of one another.
It’s an example a great majority of our citizens should follow.