I know an old Jewish man whose something of a character – irascible at times depending on the issues but a good man.
He’s a Viet Nam vet, worked all his life, owns what he has, and a flag flies in front of his house at all times.
Not a Hillary fan nor a Trump fan, in fact he loathes Trump and in his loathing says this isn’t the America he fought for – that he and his comrades in arms fought against the very things Trump and his cohorts represent – the hatred, demogoguery, and brutish petulant ignorance.
That in his opinion America is “going to hell in a hand basket”.
He’s voted in every election since he came of age in the sixties, believes it a duty to do so “whether there’s a bunch of jackasses” on the ballot or not.
That he’s always believed, wanted to believe, was taught to believe, but doesn’t feel as though there’s much to believe in anymore.
Says he figures he doesn’t have a lot of years left and maybe that’s a blessing, maybe he won’t be around to watch the country go down the drain.
Kinda saddens me to hear someone of his years express an opinion like that – seems like what are referred to as the “golden years” should be just that for an elderly man who always tried to do the right thing, and in doing so calls himself a patriot.
Our elders never believed as this as man did, they knew the “dream” wasn’t ours nor meant for us, and as a result haven’t become as disillusioned as he has – stoicism and endurance have been the hallmarks, but they too know hard times are coming, and like him deserve a hell of lot better.