We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I am meeting John McCain at a fund-raiser this week, to which our Editor Dog-in-Chief, Bird Dog, has invited me and the Mrs.
In fact, several of the Maggie's Farm crew will drive there, with money in hand, regardless of our beefs with McCain.
I have my sentence ready for the guy: "I am happy to meet you, and thank you for your service." I want to say "Global warming is BS," but the Mrs. will not let me say that to him or there will be hell to pay.
I disagree with him on about 30% of the issues of the day (eg immigration, McCain-Feingold, global cooling). But what the heck, I disagree with everybody about something or other, being a difficult, cantankerous, opinionated Yankee.
We have warnings that the AFL-CIO might be protesting something or other, along with other lefty loonies. Good on 'em. A free country.
But are they aware that the employment rate right now is higher than it was during Clinton? No, and they don't care. They have their agenda.
Update: Got a photo with him. Thanked him for his service to the country. He is solid, somewhat of a tough guy, enormously likeable, and uninspiring. Those are all probably good qualities for a president.
If your going to give him money, you can surely let him know whats on your mind if the opportunity avails itself. Its not disrespectful if you let him know your areas of disagreement with him in a respectful way. Maybe if enough people let him know, he may take a second look and change his opinion. While your at it, tell him we need to drill for oil domestically and build more refineries. And....
"B", It's your nickel, let'em all rip. Do it in a respectful way like Sean advised, and I guarante you will get his respect in return. He will probably invite you back to the White House ;anyway make sure it's a big nickel.
Make it short 'B'... something like 'think about immigration'... pretend you're a little tipsy, he's a Navy guy he'll understand, and just let it slip. But of course, clear it with the better half first.