I wasn’t sure what she was talking about at first, until she added something about “your country.”
Oh God, I realized. The election. This is silly.
I told her that actually, I was more worried about the alternative Democratic option, which would have meant much more war.
She seemed to understand, while saying something positive about Bernie Sanders, and how everyone in Europe was so afraid of the new president, etc.
I started to say something that was a bit too upfront about my view of the long-term economic impossibility of socialism, and she started in about how “We, in France, we like socialism ….”
We paid for our groceries, smiled and wished each other a good day.
We left it at that. Agreeing to disagree.
Wouldn’t it be nice if it could be that way with people who are required to identify themselves as citizens of the same country?
What if we were allowed to disagree without thinking everyone had to do things the same way -- our way?
What if we decided it was okay to do what we wanted as long as it didn't hurt someone else, even if we lived in the same country?
What if we had the freedom to control our own lives and financial resources as much as we wanted?
What if we weren't forced to pay for things we didn't approve of, like killing kids in faroff lands with drones, or prop up corrupt industries that couldn't support themselves?
What a concept.
What would be wrong with that?
I guess it makes too much sense to be realistic.