The one Prince Midget is away at college. The other Prince Midget is as well. The Queen Midget is off tonight to celebrate a friend’s birthday. And, so, I have a quiet evening to look forward to. At one point, I considered finding a restaurant with good food and beer and setting up shop there for a couple of hours. Maybe I’d find inspiration. Maybe not. But there was an opportunity nonetheless.
During the day, however, I realized that the peace of a quiet home would give me the opportunity to get some things done. So, I stopped at my go to “need something that is great and dependable and tasty.” Yes, I stopped at Roma’s II. White Pizza.
While I waited, I went to the bar. It’s a small bar, basically long enough for about six or seven people to sit. It was almost full tonight, with a stool at one end calling my name. I sat down. The waitress said, “Mark, you want a Peroni.” How could I resist? “Yes, please.” She handed me a fresh pint of the nectar and I settled in. The TV above me had the latest news of the recent terrorist attacks in Belgium.
And the two old guys sitting in the two chairs immediately to my left started talking. Actually, all I heard was the one.
“The world is screwed up these days. It’s really bad. That’s why I’m voting for Trump. He’s gonna nuke ’em. He’ll start with small nukes and then drop the big one.”
words fail me.
As soon as he said that, I got up. Took my beer and looked for someplace else to sit. The bar was full. Maria, the owner of Roma’s II was at the opposite end of the bar. She motioned to me to sit at a table. I thanked her and said something like, “I just can’t take it. I can’t listen to this anymore.” She nodded knowingly and said, “I know.”
So, here’s the thing. I’ve been going to Roma’s for more than 30 years. Maria and I have never, ever talked about politics. As I settled in that the table. She came over. I whined about the old guys at the bar and what they had said. She nodded her head and commiserated with me. I told her that I would vote for Obama every four years for the rest of my life if I could. She replied, “Really?” I said that I would. She said that it would be Reagan for her. And I get that and, in comparison to this year’s crop of Republican idiots, I’m OK with that. In the 1980’s I opposed virtually everything Reagan did, but now … I’d take him over Trump, Cruz, Rubio … pretty much anybody the current Republican Party has as a candidate for the Presidency.
It’s just really disgusting.
Nukes on terrorists? Tell me how that’s actually going to work. Please. Where would you actually drop the nukes? How many thousands, hundreds of thousands of innocent people would you kill? And what about the Pandora’s box that would open? I mean, seriously, use nukes on terrorists? But this is why Trump has done what he has done. He is playing to the fear and the hate and the intolerance of a certain segment of this country. I just hope that segment doesn’t grow to the size needed for him to win the damn thing. More attacks like the one in Brussels will make it more possible. And we will have done exactly what the terrorists wanted. It is stunning to me how much we have played into their hands ever since 9/11. And that, folks, is why I would vote for Obama every four years for the rest of my life if I could — he has refused to play the game the way the terrorists want us to. Sadly, most of the rest of American politicians don’t get this fundamental reality.