We, like most people, have neighbors.
On one side of us, we have the neighbors that cannot seem to fight in their house because fighting in their front yard is so much more palatable to everyone else.
On the other side, we have a hall for aging veterans, so we like them. They aren’t there much and there are fewer and fewer of them, which is sad.
Across the main street from us is a cemetary, which is even SADDER.
Across the sidestreet, there is a young couple about our age with a few young children. I originally started mocking them, which is terrible, because they have all of these libertarian bumper stickers on their cars and the closer we got to the 2012 election, the more bumper stickers they would add to their cars. It became incredibly humorous to me.
Let me back up. I’m a liberal, but you’re never going to know if from my bumper stickers or lack therof, my yard signs, or my t-shirt. I will talk about politics, but I’m not putting bumper stickers on my car. To each his own. There was a Ron Paul sign in their yard for a month or so, but we all know how that panned out.
My husband started talking to the husband and found out that they have a few things in common in terms of interest in firearms. Yes, we are liberals who own a firearm. They took this as an opening to mean that we believe the same things. Eh, not so much.
So, my husband is trying to be friendly to these people and the first time we’re over there, the wife describes her dislike of minimum wage because it will increase the cost of her big mac, was angry that the pediatrician asked her if she has a gun in her home (you know they were invading her privacy, not reminding her that kids get killed by the thousands every single year by guns in their own homes because firearms are not locked up properly.), and some bootstrap and magic bullshit that these types of people always pluck from their ass. I pretty much zoned out. It was their home, I was trying to be polite. Oh yeah and they are big Christians. Of course they are.
The next time we spend time with them, they come over to our house, and they assert that they don’t believe we should pay taxes (I guess it was okay when he parked in the old veteran’s home parking lot and use their personal property to park his vehicle) and think that they should get back tax money on things that they don’t use, like libraries and the public schools. She said this out loud. This was after talking about him being on unemployment for awhile.
My husband just flat out told her, “I think we can get along if you stop talking about politics.”
At this point with me, the toothpaste is out of the tube. I’ll be friendly, but as far as spending my free time with them, it’s far too precious.
You see, if we get rid of taxes and the government and I decided to start raising pigs and not taking care of them, what are they going to do? I’m going to let my pigs shit in their well (we don’t have a water department anymore).
If they get sick from pig shit infested well water, who can they call? We don’t have a police system or court system anymore.
What about for the pig shit illness? Where will they take them? A doctor. What boards did they pass? What meds have been tested and met an FDA standard (doesn’t exist)?
Do they shoot my pigs with their guns to get them off of their property? Well, now they just destroyed my property so I’m going to burn down the fence in their backyard to even things out (if I’m rational).
It’s all nice to talk about MAH money, but you don’t live on an island. Both of these people went to public school. Who do they think paid for that?
My husband can be nice and forget about it, but this comes down to how you fundamentally see people.
Others are taking your stuff or you realize that we are all part of society. I’m not sure how I can get past that, it’s a pretty big impasse.