Yesterday I was at the post office mailing something and I was making small-talk with the person behind me while waiting in line. I was talking about the whole Donald Trump running thing and a guy two people behind me in line piped up that if trump wins he’s moving to mexico. I agreed with the sentiment and then began talking about how his whole platform was basically the obama birth certificate conspiracy theory. Then the “if he wins I’m moving to mexico” guy starts arguing “well if there was nothing wrong with his birth certificate why did it take him so long to release it” (me and him were, if I remember correctly the only non-black people in line, and this was met with appropriate eye-rolls).
I said “because people who believe the first one is fake and the government is lying to them aren’t going to be convinced by another government document”. So then he, as is common with people arguing from a weak position, instead of dealing with that or staying on track just switches arguments immediately and says that “obama doesn’t have enough experience to be the president”. To which I said “You know he’s been president for two years right? He has more experience than most people currently alive.” To which he clarified “he was a senator for what like seven years” and starts comparing him to mccain, basically repeating talking points from the 2008 campaign. I said “I don’t want someone in the white house who was in congress for 40 years and has no integrity left”.
Then, once again he doesn’t deal with any of this and changes tack again: “obama seems to be more interested in the perks of the white house than actually doing the job”. I was confused at this, and he explained that the president goes golfing a lot and went on oprah. I pointed out that he had almost definitely done both before taking office (as a state and congressional senator and two-time best-selling author), and that the last president took more vacation days than any president in history. I was going to say more but I was next in line, so I did my shipping and got a stamp. I turned around, got out of the next person’s way and said “are you seriously saying he’s a bad president because he went on tv and did an interview? What other president have you ever criticized for doing a tv interview? ALL of them do many tv interviews.”
Again he changes direction, saying “obama is a socialist and a communist”. Now at this point I was at the little kiosk thing with pens and forms and shipping stuff because I had recently gotten a several-years old utility bill from my old apartment (god only knows why it took them two years to send it to me) and was mailing a payment, so I wanted to write down the money order info and account number etc before I sealed it in the envelope and mailed it with the stamp I just bought. So for a minute or so I was standing next to this guy in the crowded little post office (wasn’t a main branch or anything, just a little cubbyhole-type one). So I say to him “They’re not the same thing – everyone’s a socialist, and communism is abolishing the right to own private property, he’s definitely not a communist. Socialism is… well, the post office. Which you are currently waiting in line to enjoy the benefits of. If you don’t like socialism, there’s the door.”
Which he kind of shrugged off… and stayed in line.