Feb 262012

It was getting late on a cold Iowa afternoon when I stopped for a hitchhiker. After putting his three heavy bags into the back, settling in, and thanking me, he told a story about a conservative town down the road that had confiscated his 3-year companion dog and refused to release it without a $100 ransom that he couldn’t afford. He asked me why I had picked him up. I said, “Well, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about politics recently and about the differences between liberals and conservatives. I’ve become absolutely certain that we’re all in this together and it really bothers me when people take the attitude that as long as they get theirs, everybody else can go to heck.” He replied, “Yeah, I figured you were a good guy when I saw your Obama bumper sticker.”

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