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Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Returning from Richmond...

I have these bumper stickers on my car:

So I'm driving back from Richmond on 95 and I'm doing about 70. I pass a white car on my right side around the Stafford exit and think nothing of it. Going with the flow of traffic, I continue in the far left lane and concentrate on the road and a couple of cars that are merging from the right.

About 2-3 miles down the road, I see the same white car in the center lane. I'm about to go into the center lane because there is a car that is going to go faster than me but the white car has sped up to at least 85-90 mph.

I expect the white car to go blasting by me but he pulls even with me and shows me a handwritten sign saying "I hate liberals". He makes a point of holding this sign up and keeping the same speed with me for about another half mile. While doing this, he is pointing to the sign and mouthing the words "I hate you." (By the way, he does have 2 passengers in the car with one in the that person could have held the sign.)

The first thing I think of is that I wish I had my camera ready because my girlfriend could've taken an awesome picture of the dumbass. But the second thing I thought of was to give him the "I don't care" reaction by putting up my hands and shrugging my shoulders.

The fact is I don't care. The only reason I'm posting it is because it's a decent story. I don't know what the guy was thinking. Did he really think that I was going to look at his sign, slap my forehead and say "I've been wrong all along. Liberals are bad."

He did endanger the other drivers on the road...that made me angry. What kind of person takes a risk that puts other people in jeopardy just to tell me he hates me? An irrational person? I think so.

I know that this guy is not all conservatives and I would never make an assertion like that. I have plenty of conservative friends that know my politics and don't think that I'm such a bad guy. I just chalk it up to the fact that this anonymous conservative felt that he needed to make a point to someone that has already made up his mind on his ideology. What a waste of time and energy!

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