2
Boy, if there’s one thing I can’t stand. People whose minds are made up and won’t admit there is another view.

1
Are you certain, indubitably sure that is how you feel?

2
Absolutely! You know, people who are convinced what they think is the only legit thought. If they thought about stuff, they would think differently but they just accept what someone else has told them; school, parents, religious institutions, media, sports figures, like that.

1
So, you can’t stand people who have a one-sided view, sort of like how you feel about them?

2
OMG, cut it out. You are asking for it, buddy.

1
hahahahahahahahahahahaha

2
OK, OK. Maybe I overstated it a bit but I would love people to find out for themselves and not just accept ‘the ‘authority’s version’, whoever the authority or expert is.

1
So you are saying you remember why we have liberal arts in our colleges and universities. Not to teach a skill but to allow a student to gain a broad, knowledgable view. (Of course, that was before colleges and universities thought to make a profit so anyone could go if they wished.)

2
Yes, short version. I see quotes all the time and we do them sometimes too. But, a quote can be a distilled and refined teaching or total crap, equally well. Let me give you an example of each. ‘Make America great again’ and ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself’.

1
Yes, I am thinking that some have forgotten a few things. ‘America’ could be Mezzo or Central, North or South but is not the United States. Also, if ‘America’ was great, it was built on the efforts of the working poor and later, the working middle-class.

A broad middle class, what so many wish to come back, was a direct result of the union movement in the USA. Think of who and what destroyed unions and when you have an answer, you will have become a threat to the establishment. Well, if you speak out, anyway. The only significant unions we have now are in major league sports and government.

2
Were we ever in a union?

1
No, we never were but we were better paid and had better benefits from businesses that were afraid they would be unionized if they didn’t treat us reasonably. So we benefitted from them, anyway.

2
So what really did the unions in? It couldn’t have been Reagan firing the air-traffic controllers.

1
No, it was a big-business/government pushback and the major unions were pretty corrupt so working people didn’t exactly have faith in them or see the benefits of fighting for them anymore.

2
So, is ‘America’ great now?

1
It has a big military that is a tool of foreign policy, as it always has been.

2
So you are saying we should be isolationist?

1
No, I am saying we should not meddle in other countries’ politics, but government promotes (big) business and our military is an extension of that. Just read about the banana republics if you doubt my word. Or, look at Panama, we were there a bit ago and saw the abandoned military base we didn’t find useful once we turned the (money-making) Canal back to Panama.  Also, remember  who said oil is a national security issue.

2
No wonder we are tired of being involved in political thingies.

1
Little wonder, indeed. Let’s go bake some biscuits.

2
OK, let’s do.

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