So I just heard on the news that fully one third of the US population views those who hold a different political ideology as a threat to the nation. Well, that got me to thinkin' (a terrible habit I've long been unable to kick). Do I, as a card-carrying Left-winger, personally know any of these threats?
I started by considering my neighbors, a young couple of the rightwing Tea Party persuasion. We'll call them Bob and Babbs. They tend to cookout a lot in the summer. If one of them sees me outside during these events, they will brazenly invade my property and callously offer me a delicious juicy burger. In the name of peaceful harmony, I'll graciously accept so as not to escalate the situation. Once while working on my old pickup, Bob snuck up on me and without any warning whatsoever, proceeded to inflict himself once more upon me by offering assistance. Every so often, I will arrive home from work to find their young son (we'll call him Bob Jr.) sitting on my porch watching my bird feeder. Once while on a business trip, I came home to find my feeder still full. I asked Bob Jr. about this and forced a startling confession. The birds had emptied the feeder so Bob Jr. had gotten his mother to drive him to Walmart (yes, Walmart! I know, right?) to buy some more bird seed. After much thought and deliberation, I determined, despite all the evidence listed above, that Bob and Babbs were perhaps not a serious threat to the nation, although Babbs (who bakes the worlds finest peach cobbler) is most definitely a serious threat to my waistline.
Next I considered my Risk playing buddies. 2 of them (we'll call them Bob and other Bob) are always arguing economics. Bob is a Libertarian and other Bob is a Democrat. They get quite animated in their arguings and I am convinced each sees the other as a serious threat to the nation. How much this has to with differing ideologies or the fact that they are brothers is anyone's guess. I find it best to stay out of it.
Finally, I considered my co-worker. We'll call him Bob. Bob is an NRA member and every year suckers me into buying tickets for their annual fundraising gun lottery. I never win! I called him out on this recently, accusing them of drawing my name but putting it back and drawing again. I know a conspiracy when I see it. And get this, last summer I was working on my roof after a storm had done a bit of damage when Bob shows up, toolbelt in hand. Regardless of what my thoughts may have been on the matter, he boldly climbed up on the roof and started helping, even offering me a beer in the process. The unmitigated gall! Serious threat to the nation? In Bob's case, the jury is still out.