Uber-schooled

February 9, 2017 — Leave a comment

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Do you Uber? I do. I only regret that I didn’t start sooner. I’ve taken more than a dozen Uber rides by now and each time, for a fair fare, I get a nice, new(ish), clean car within minutes of requesting it. How can you beat that? I’ll tell you how, talk to your driver! I love talking to people with different views than mine and there’s no better guarantee that will happen than in a Uber car. I don’t want to argue, I want to listen, to learn why they think what they do. Each driver I’ve had has either initiated a conversation or seemed happy that I did. It always starts with friendly small-talk and gets deeper as time allows. I’ve enjoyed them all but the one that I’ll best remember occurred on November 8, 2016 in New York. Wait for it… Okay, so you know there’s just no way to have a conversation on this day, in New York, without it turning political.

We’re on the way to the airport and I’ve already learned some of my driver’s personal/family history, and who they voted for. Bang, it’s going political. But I didn’t fire back. He keeps fishing and I finally take the bait and tell him I voted for Trump. He asks why and I don’t want to unleash my distaste for Hillary on him so I simply reply that I’m a conservative. He asks, “Why?” I opened my mouth to respond then realized I wasn’t prepared for that. I didn’t have a neat snappy answer. In a panic I began to drool a differentiation between liberalism and conservatism and was soon mercifully saved when we arrived at JFK.

I sincerely thanked my driver with a smile and a tip as I always do then walked into the airport feeling as if I’d just lost a high-stakes fight. How in the world did that just happen? I was having a friendly conversation with a friendly driver and fell right into a trap that neither of us saw coming. Why couldn’t I answer his question simply? I couldn’t rest until I had this figured out.

When my plane landed I was home, in more ways than one. It hadn’t taken me long at all to first reassure myself that I am definitely a conservative then I began making a mental list of reasons why. From this list I formulated as brief an answer as I dared and I’ll be ready with it next time. I’m a conservative because:

I believe in America’s promise of opportunity to all its citizens. For generations, the liberal agenda has been to deny the less-fortunate those opportunities by convincing them that their best hope lies in entitlement programs.

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