Yesterday morning I was sitting in a doctor's waiting room while my brother had an appointment. I was reading a really good book.
Next thing you know, a loud conversation started up between two older gentlemen. One was ranting about the election and the second one was ranting louder about the election. Of course it became apparent which party they each belonged to and that their opinions were vastly different.
The older of the two started getting quite riled up which made the other fellow even louder. They were each spouting extreme opinions.
There were about 12 people in the room. Reactions varied to this debate; chuckling, outright laughter, embarrassed silence, irritation. The lady sitting next to me was also reading, or trying to. She stated "People are trying to read, please be quiet." The two men kept right on going, louder and angrier. She hissed at them again to settle down.
I asked the old guys, "Can't you two just agree to disagree?"
Finally the loudest man was called by the nurse. He rumbled and ranted from his seat, then stood by the nurse who was holding the door open for him and barked a a little bit more. Eventually he went in (to get his blood pressure taken by the way!). The other man huffed and puffed for a bit until another lady handed him some magazines to look at. A quiet peace descended upon the rest of us.
I thought at one point the old geezers were going to come to blows.
Most likely, this same scene is playing out across the country in diners, barber shops & hair salons, club meetings, work places. On the positive side, I am glad to see people showing interest in the issues that face this country; for too long there has been a lax and apathetic feeling among a vast group of people. It would be more productive, though if discussions could be less volatile, better informed and less accusing.
Probably never going to happen though. But freedom of speech is alive and well in America, and dissenters were the impetus behind the founding of our country.
So talk on, people. But a little more quietly...people are trying to read.