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If Only I Were A Quick Thinker On My Feet

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"Who put Obama in there?" She asked. "That, I don't know. I know that I did not vote for him. I voted for Hillary and he took half of my vote for her to put himself at the top of the ticket so he could be elected."

"The young people must have voted for him," she said. "Yes. They did. But so also did the vote changing machines run by Republicans," I said.

She didn't like this last statement too much. In looking for a way out of this, "screwed-up place in our history that we find ourselves in," my friend casts her sights towards the Republican Pac.

  She firmly believes that Muslims want to take over our country and unless a Republican is elected to office, we are doomed. She tells me that she reads a lot everyday on her computer.

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Fearing that she is full of right wing information, I repeat, "No. It is not the Muslims. It is the Republicans and their marriage to the corporations, such a Judge Roberts' alliance with the corporations and his giving them a voice in our elections process." --"They, after all," I say somewhat emphatically, "have lots more money than you or I, therefore they have a more resounding voice than either of us--not the way it should be in a democracy," I say. "They also have control of the voting machines. Those machines which change our votes " All that vote changing which started with the election 2000 from hell "."

She tells me she was a Democrat all of her life, "" until Bill Clinton did what he did at the White House"" I stand there sort of knocked over for a loop. I don't know what she means but then, it hits me, she is talking about the Clinton/Lewinsky affair.

I tell her, "that did not affect your social security, or Medicare " it had nothing to do with politics. It had a lot to do with human nature but nothing to do with politics."

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She is now ready to move on--not before casting a skeptic smile my way. I stop my rant dead on its track, though before she goes, I add:   "visit OpEd News sometime."   She looks at me as if to say, "You are not going to make a convert out of me."   I let my voice trail, "" that is, only if you want to""

Long after she has left the thought comes to me, "Oh, if only I were a Quick Thinker on my feet! I might have added, 'It is we who are trying to take their oil away."

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