Friday, June 24, 2005

I’ve Got Mail

I have a good friend that I’ll call Luke. I have known him for over twenty years. Luke is a Republican. Not only that, he has a job in Washington and works for someone who works in a large domed building on the top of a hill. He and I have been able to maintain our friendship in spite of our difference in politics. We exchanged e-mails this morning:

FROM: Mustang Bobby
TO: Luke
SUBJECT: A Couple of Questions

Do you think I’m a traitor? Do you think I want our troops dead?

Just curious.

He replied:

FROM: Luke
TO: Mustang Bobby

Okay, the democrats are soft on terror. The Clinton Administration was always more interested in indicting terrorists than killing them. So, I agree with Rove. I think it is a little disingenuous for the democrats – the same people who have spent the last couple of weeks denigrating our military – the same people led by MoveOn.org who called for moderation and restraint after 9/11 – to stand up and act shocked that someone paints an accurate portrait.

I replied:

FROM: Mustang Bobby
TO: Luke

Name me the Democrats who voted against the resolutions to give the president all the power to do what was needed to stomp on Al-qaida in Afghanistan after 9/11. Name me one mainstream Democrat who has ever said we shouldn’t take the terrorists out wherever we can find them.

Karl Rove is politicizing 9/11. This is going to be the Republican mantra from now until whenever. Ban flag-burning? 9/11. Ban gay marriage? 9/11. Anyone who questions anything? 9/11. It’s crap.

There was silence — after all, he does have a job — so I sent another e-mail:

FROM: Mustang Bobby
TO: Luke

Well, address my original question. Do you consider me personally to be a traitor or somehow un-American because I don’t agree with everything that’s been done to address the issue of terrorism? Leave the generic “Democrats” or “liberal” out of the equation. Do you honestly think I don’t support our troops in battle? Have you read anything ever in BBWW that would suggest such a thing? We’re not talking about a “difference of philosophy” here. Should my being a Quaker somehow make me less of an American?

He replied:

FROM: Luke
TO: Mustang Bobby

No to all questions.

At least I know one Republican who doesn’t think I’m a danger to the country. It’s the other 53 million we have to convince…