... there aren't a tremendous number of people within my 'social circle'. Still, the majority- probably due to the area in which I live- are pretty liberal in their thinking.
By liberal, I mean they vote democrat and belong to and vociferously support unions- and obviously vote the way their union tells them.
So right away, I'm at a disadvantage in most conversations and need apply some really 'off the cuff logic' when talking with them ('talking' usually meaning I'm out-numbered and out-shouted on nearly every topic).
Getting to the riddle me part...
A recent discussion about the rioting going on in Egypt and our American part in it, brought up the topic of oil and how, if the Suez is closed or shut off from transporting oil, then we're going to be suffering some serious price increases in gas prices- of course, everyone was whining about gas already being $3.20 a gallon and hurting their budget. One suggested an answer to the problem would be to send American troops in to protect the area.
Curious about this response, I asked the person what was the difference in our troops fighting for oil in Egypt as opposed to his view of why we fought in Vietnam- which, according to this Conscientious Objector person, was that we shouldn't have been in 'Nam because it was just a war over oil and big business.
Needless to say, his response was to change the subject.
Pushing the issue, I had to ask him to riddle me this: "Why is it the people complaining most about our fighting wars to maintain our oil supply are the ones complaining most about the rising cost of their oil products?"
Now, let me carry this question a bit farther into our daily lives.
"Why is it the ones complaining most about the high cost of food are the environmentalists on the front lines of halting the use of insecticides, fertilizers, and oil-powered machinery, in the production of food?"
Further: "Why is it the unions sympathize with tree huggers to prevent logging and oil production- and thereby employment to Americans- in 'wilderness areas'?"
And, of course, there's the great debate today: "Why is it the tree hugging Goreball Warming weenies who're bitching and pissing most about how cold and snowy it is this year?"
Got to stop now- there's no defending idiots and banging their heads together will only give you a headache.
Bless God, God bless.