Greetings, my fellow port swillers!
Eldest gel is taking a political science class this fall and has started coming home regularly fuming over the arguments in which she finds herself.
The latest was a tangle with a classmate who is a big Bernie Sanders fan because she thinks free health care and free education are a good idea.
“Look,” the gel said, “When goods and services have to be provided, there’s no such thing as free! Somebody is going to have to pay for it! Understand? No. Such. Thing. As. Free.”
“Oh, yeah,” the classmate apparently responded, “Well you like the “Free Market”, don’t you? What about that?”
The gel was gobsmacked at this level of ignorance.
One of her favorite quotes these days is from George Carlin: “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”
UPDATE: Mrs. Robbo and I went to a school meeting last evening at which a so-called professional educator, a man who spent fifteen minutes gassing on about his own education in a British prep school and his love of history, made the extraordinary claim that Boadicea was a Queen of the Saxons. It was all ol’ Robbo could do to resist jumping up and yelling, “Didn’t you learn your Tacitus? She was Queen of the Iceni! A tribe of Britons wiped out 350 years before any Saxon set foot on the island! Harumph! Harumph! Harumph!”