I woke up this morning to the news that the US House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump. The votes cast to impeach were largely along party lines. This event reminded me of an incident that occurred several weeks ago.
Who does not like a fresh doughnut in the morning? About once a month, I'll sneak out of the house on a Sunday morning to purchase some doughnuts for my family. The local doughnut shop is usually filled with well-dressed men and women picking up boxes of doughnuts for church and with families sitting at tables enjoying a morning treat. One particular morning, I noticed a mother sitting with her young, teen-aged daughter enjoying their pastries. What made this experience unique was her daughter was wearing a MAGA hat (Make America Great Again). MAGA hats are the equivalent to a fuse on a stick of dynamite. Light the fuse, and an explosion will be soon to follow.
I had a mixed rush of emotions rush through my veins. Social media depicts MAGA wearing individuals as dumb, racist and homophobic. MAGA hats are also seen as a "middle finger" to the culture of political correctness and social justice. I purchased two chocolate bar doughnuts, two pink-sprinkled doughnuts and a half-dozen doughnut holes and calmly walked over toward their table. I could feel a bit of trepidation as I approached their table . I made the following statement to the mother with her young teen:
"Hello. I'm sorry to interrupt your breakfast. Mom...I just wanted to tell you that I do not agree with many of president's policies and am disappointed by many of his comments and statements. But something I will absolutely support is your daughter's freedom to support the President of the United States of America by wearing her hat in public without being ridiculed or harassed. Mom...you've done a great job of providing your daughter with the courage and strength to wear the hat with pride. Well done, mom. Have a great day."
I didn't know how they would respond, so I immediately turned towards the door and left the premises without waiting for a reply or a "Thank you". My guess is that I am in the majority of individuals that believe in "live and let live". Love your family, support your community, listen to dissenting views, solve problems and make this great country even better. But what the heck do I know...I'm just Joe.
I am a husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend and Biology professor. We are on this Earth for a limited amount of time. Let's think, laugh and love.