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CaptJasHook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-26-08 12:37 PM
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133. Small story to share
In 1996 I was working for the local Oregon Museum of science and Industry. It just so happened that we had an event display at the Tulare County Fair in California (we covered the whole West Cost). Most of the fairgoers were seasonal, Latino workers. I was stuck in my booth, surrounded by two local churches, the local Republican Party table and the VFW information table. After a 6 hours of feeling pressed in by Conservative values, I took a walk to another part of tent.

There was a table set up by the Democratic National Committee and I breathed a sigh of relief. At the table was a husband and wife team. Looking back at it, I was surprised how much the couple had adopted the Hill/Bill look. He was tall, tanned with moused blond/grey hair. She was very professionally dressed in a business coat. I had conversation with them about my being boxed in by the right wing, and we had a laugh. Then I asked them how they were doing registering votes in this farming community. I still remember their answer.

"Oh, we are just down here for show. Most of these people don't vote anyway. It's a bit of a waste of our time, but someone had to pull the short straw."

I remember feeling really confused and sad about the state of the Democratic Party, that they would abandon Latino farm workers so cavalierly, with such disdain.

Now, I am not so surprised.

I am still sad and confused about all the love I had for Bill Clinton. I feel like a dupe. Worse, I sometimes feel like Limbaugh may have been had some truth over all those years.
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