C.W. came running into the shop where I was woodworking. For some reason, four days before our national election, he had taken on one of his favorite forms, the spokesperson for the Conservative Youth Movement. Today, he had swapped his normal lederhosen for khakis and deck shoes, without socks of course. An expensive-looking sweater sported the CYM logo. He seemed excited.
“Are you finally getting religion?” he asked as a smile lit his face like a moonbeam hitting a rose.
“No,” I said. “I hit my finger with a mallet.”
His smile disappeared. “Still a filthy no-good atheistic liberal, then,” he said. “Who doesn’t accept our Christian nation.” He spat on the floor. “Rotten socialist.”
“Judge not lest ye be also judged,” I said.
He spat again. “Now where did you pick up that liberal crap?”
I ignored him and wrapped cloth around my finger to stop the bleeding.
“You could be doing something useful instead of wasting your time like this.”
“Wasting my time?” I said. “I am building something for my wife. “
“For your wife,” he said, almost snarling. “You should be out making money.”
“House and wealth are a heritage from fathers, but a wife with good sense is from the Lord,” I said.
“Oh please,” he said. “Spare me the touchy-feely gobbledygook. Where did you hear that, from Bill Moyers?”
“I think it was from your Book of Proverbs.”
“I doubt it,” he said. “Anyway, you seem to be doing more damage to yourself than to the wood.”
“But even if you suffer for doing what God approves, you are blessed.” I said.
“You are beginning to piss me off with this liberal line. Are you trying to get my sheep?”
“It’s goat, and that line was from your Saint Peter.”
“You are purposefully trying to upset me.”
“Don't be afraid of those who want to harm you. Don't get upset.”
“Oh yes, who said that, Jimmy Carter?”
“No, that would be your Saint Peter again.”
“Look,” he said. “I’m tired of your fuzzy thinking.” He smiled at his mastery of our idiom. “Besides, I’m going to a Pro-Israel rally.”
|I don't care what St. Peter says.|
I'll intepret the prophecy of scriptures
as I see fit. - C.W.
“They want us to invade Iran,” he said, smiling at the thought. “I’m going to volunteer to be on the Draft Board. We will all be expected to do our part.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers,” I said.
“You and those fromage-eating surrender monkeys.”
“Have fun at your rally,” I said. “Kill a liberal for me.”
“We’ll not kill you when we take over,” he said. “We will just enjoy your agonies during your rehabilitation.” He smiled.
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Spout that crap while you still can,” he said as he walked away. “Our Christian-nation day is coming.”