Tim Babb’s March Blog Madness: Day 24
After returning home from the DMV today, I tweeted a simple thought, “DMV=Overhated.”
People love to talk about the DMV like it’s the 7th layer of hell, but really it’s just a little waiting and then they help you out and you’re on your way. Technically, if I had made an appointment, I wouldn’t even have had to have waited (I feel like Grammar Girl would have a field day with that sentence…or an aneurysm).
So I got a response on Facebook from one of my old high school…NO..make that grade school friends (damn, we really go back). He leans more republican, if I had to guess, and he had this to say, “Just think – if the DMV is Government run, how much do you think people are gonna LOVE Obamacare?!”
Now in fairness, “overhated” is not a widely used term (so much so, that I thought I’d made it up). So he probably didn’t realize I was defending the DMV, not complaining about it. So I clarified, “…by “overhated” I mean that people hate on it without just cause. I was just at the DMV and things went just fine…there goes your Obamacare analogy.
However, I shudder to think how bad it would be if a private company like Comcast ran the DMV….ugggh…I just gave myself a fear chill.”
And this is, what I’ve always thought to be the fundamental difference between liberals and conservatives…and it’s the one that makes the most sense to me. One side thinks the government is the enemy, the other side thinks corporations are the enemy. I would say there are valid arguments for and against both. Almost as though one answer would not be right 100% of the time. Almost as though the two sides should be striving for compromise on a case by case basis. I wouldn’t want the government in control of the entertainment industry, on the other hand I don’t want the private sector in charge of national defense (“What? We can make more money if we surrender the country to China? Well then…how do you say ‘we surrender’ in Chinese, bitches!”)
On the other hand, could the prison systems benefit by the private sector getting involved? I don’t know…maybe. It’s an interesting conversation. Could more government regulation have prevented this banking mess we’re in? I’m almost sure of it. Again that seems like a constructive debate that we could be having right now.
But no. It’s all Bush is a fascist or Obama is a socialist. People, c’mon…democrats are not trying to ruin this country and neither are republicans. Each just has a different idea about the best way to make it better. We’re not enemies, folks. We’re neighbors and countrymen (and women). There are plenty of people who ARE rooting for America to fail and crumble. Maybe if we quit fighting among ourselves, we can collectively come together and give those assholes a united middle finger of freedom!
It is important to point out that this whole train of thought started because I went to the DMV. God bless America!
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