One would assume that nobody likes the toxic atmosphere our civil discourse has taken, except for media talking heads that make their money throwing fuel on social fires. So, I propose a hypothetical exercise. Since outspoken and important folks from the VP on down have taken to categorizing a certain American political group (read: Tea Party) as terrorists and hostage takers, and since nobody thinks a terrorist is a good thing whether it wears an explosive vest or a Congressional lapel pin, let’s take the liberal side of things and promote all the good stuff they would like to see in America if they just didn’t have to fight the “terrorists”.
Passing through Johannesburg enroute to Cape Town for vacation, we stopped for a quick breakfast where my wife was given a grammar lesson by a 19 year old South African waiter. “It’s not ‘cream’ we put in tea, it’s ‘milk’. Cream comes from a can and is what ‘we’ put on top of hot chocolate. And that napkin you asked for, it’s a servette; I’m too embarrassed to tell you what a napkin is”. “Just simple English for your stay here in South Africa”, as Benjamin said with a big, infectious smile.
This exchange led to a longer one about South Africa in general where he was more than willing banter and crow about his homeland. How refreshing; a young man so proud of his country that he would sell it to anyone that would listen. Upon finding out that we had arrived from New York City, he smiled and announced, “Ah, Obama-land, aren’t you proud”? Yeah, right, I guess so > schooled again by the teenager.