I appear almost daily at a local McDonalds for coffee and morning
paper. I try to avoid the food when I can.
There are a few folks who also frequent this restaurant in north
Texas, and I would describe them as conservative, Republican and
Texan, to the core. Most of the conversation, centered around Fox
News on the TV monitor, is such that I just keep quiet and read my
Columbus Dispatch on the Kindle.
One morning, it was announced that the current governor of Texas,
who I would also describe as a real Texan, had decided that he would
not run for re-election. This, apparently, was met with some consternation
by the group and the following conversation ensued....
Texan: Well I don't blame him for not running!
Texan 2: My neither! Why some folks seem to think he's way too
left and some not conservative enough.
Texan 1: Yes, it's as if people expect him to be perfect!
Texan 3: Yes and we all know that No one is perfect!
Well, at this point, because I saw an excellent opportunity to raise the
level of this conversation, a bit, I said...
Tom: Well, there was, of course, one person who walked this earth
who was fully perfect, always.
Texas 2: (After a protracted silence...) Oh, that's right... Ronald Reagan!!!
Tom: Ah.... I was thinking of our Lord Jesus Christ.
That's why I usually remain quiet!