You haven’t lived until one of President Obama’s cultist followers takes his man-boob back fat off a window pane, stands up and starts screaming at you for dishonoring the Dear Leader.

Yesterday I got to subject DC rush hour traffic radio listeners to my political musings for the first time, and had a great experience. Less than an hour later I was in a mall in McLean, Virginia and found out that if you’re having a conversation that just so happens to be overheard by one of President Obama’s cultists, you might find yourself on the precipice of a physical altercation.

As I stood outside a Mexican restaurant waiting for my friend to park his car and join me, I received a phone call from my mother. After asking her how she was doing and how my dad’s workout regime was going (The 64-years-old West Pointer is still running 5ks at 7:30 per/mile race pace), she said she was worried about Mitt Romney’s chances — a sentiment echoed by my friend, who voted for Obama in 2008, but who has undergone an ideological transformation since then. I told my mom that I think if Romney can keep it close, then he has a chance. I told her that when people are alone in the voting booth, I think a large percentage of them who are honest with themselves will realize what an abject failure Mr. Obama has been. It is at this point that a man on the other side of the glass became livid, exited the bookstore, and started screaming at me to get a life and leave the mall.

Being the kind of guy who isn’t going to back down in the face of  insane, obese bully-ambushes, I returned fire. Apparently, he wanted to read magazines for hours on end (that he wasn’t going to buy), without having to hear someone question his Dear Leader, which brings me to the following question: Why do liberals act like they own the bookstore?

Years ago I was flipping through a book by Ann Coulter and I found pages filled with someone’s snot. Yes, they had actually taken the time to pick their nose and wipe it in the pages. I’ve had numerous instances where I tried to find a newly-released book by a conservative author, only to have to go on a manhunt for it because someone had obviously hidden it. Most recently, I had this problem with Mark Owen’s ‘No Easy Day’ and Paul Kengor’s ‘The Communist’.

During George W. Bush’s eight years in office I can recall two instances where a complete stranger lectured a conservative patron in a book store about their choice of reading material. It’s a bizarre experience to be confronted by a True Believer, but it happened to me. And the weird thing is, I wasn’t even inside the store at the time; I was on the other side of a window pane that has a small opening in it.

I’ve been at bus stops and had people ridicule my worldview. I’ve been in subway systems and had people rant and rave about BushNazi (one word). I’ve been in bookstores and coffee shops and overheard many political conversations, and not once did I ever feel the need to put my two cents into a complete stranger’s conversation. Maybe that’s because I don’t buy into campaign slogans seemingly pulled from Chairman Mao’s playbook, I would never pledge allegiance to a politician, and I would never purchase a bastardized American flag inspired by the empty rhetoric of a pied piper.

As the altercation with cult-boy heated up, he asked my why my hand started shaking. I told him: “I’m trying to prevent myself from killing you right now,” and asked him to put his hands on me. The expression on my face and the tone in my voice must have telegraphed that there was a reserve of Hulk-green rage on ready reserve — the same one that surprised the DC green line metro thug who accosted me — and he walked away. The man sat back down and resumed reading … People magazine.

Someone remind me again: Is it election season?

Please join us in posting creepy images of ourselves pledging allegiance to President Obama’s election campaign. We are the Borg. We are the Borg. We are the Borg. Resistance is futile.
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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

16 comments

  1. The same thing happened to me during the Bush years at a now-defunct Waldenbooks. Some dude was mouthing off to a fellow employee about how bad Bush was. This is not a good way to sell books since about half the people disagree with the other half about any subject. I wasn’t going to buy my Bargain Book after that. It reminds me of the record store guys who showed disdain if your taste in music didn’t match theirs.

    1. Agreed. If I heard a store employee saying that sort of thing, I’d probably shop elsewhere, too. When Mark Steyn’s “After America” came out I had a hell of a time finding it. It was supposed to be on display on a round table (I think the distributors buy specific space within the store), and it wasn’t there. Well, it was, but it was face down and pushed to the back of a cubbie-hole instead of displayed upright with all the other books.

  2. Hey Douglas, I think you are doing a great job on this blog. Sometimes when confronted with a zealot, there is no way to win. Keep up the hard work and keep fighting brother.

    Alex
    USMC

  3. I can never get over the fascist attitude of liberals towards people who they disagree. They are very adamant to shut down opposing views. I have had similar experiences in book stores as described by others here. At my job, liberals have a hissy fit if Fox News is on in the waiting room. One day a lady looking through my window saw that I had a calendar with Reagan’s picture. She could not contain her orgasmifascist urge to come in an lecture me in a condescending voice about how bad Reagan was and how he spiked the deficit. At which point I replied ” Oh you must be really pissed then at the incompetent occupant in the White House who thinks spiking the deficit and no growth is his achievement of moving forward.” She stormed out right after.

    1. See, that’s the thing. If I was in your store and you had an Obama poster I would never think to start lecturing you on the debt, foreign policy, etc. Same thing with the guy yesterday. I was like, “Dude, who the hell are you? You’re just some random loser. I’m in a mall. I’m in a freakin’ mall. Go back to your magazines.” If I went to the guy’s house and started talking politics, fine. If we were in Church, fine. But you go to the busiest mall in Northern Virginia and you expect not to hear opinions that contradict your own? Yeesh.

  4. Strange… I’ve never encountered people like that in a place like Barnes and Noble before. In fact, the two by where I live both actually have a whole section of conservative books, which is where I’ve picked up a few books by Thomas Sowell. The only problem I’ve really had with them is the fact that they don’t have Frank Miller’s “Holy Terror.”

    1. Yes, well location might also have something to do with it. I’ve lived in Los Angeles and DC for so long now that … I think when you’re at Ground Zero in any number of liberal cities then you up your chances of having that sort of thing happen. During the Bush years I remember the Code Pink ladies seemed to always be on the Metro… Urg. They all but disappeared these days.

      Never had a problem in my hometown, just outside of Chicago, though. The entire staff of Tower Records were liberal, but that’s about it.

  5. Hi Doug! I stumbled on to your blog tonight after googling RDJ, of all things, and I wanted to thank you for being a cool, rational voice of conservative politics. I’m working on my MA degree in Boston where the climate is unsurprisingly harsh if you’re outed, so I keep my cards close to my vest and try to stay sane by reading intelligent commentary online by folks like you. Please keep it up!

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. If there’s ever a subject you want me to hit on, drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do. I remember well being one of only three conservatives in my entire program while I was getting my Masters at American University in DC, so I can understand why you might opt to keep your conservatism “close to the vest” (especially if you’re taking out a ton of loans). It’s tough to essentially be told by your professors and peers on a daily basis that your worldview is dumb, backwards, evil, etc.

      Hopefully, once you earn that degree you’ll enter a profession where you can openly share your beliefs and not have to worry about retribution.

  6. Another thing, Doug: I remember a while back I bought a couple of Bill O’Reilly’s books from a local Barnes and Noble. When I was paying for them, the girl at the checkout gave me some weird looks, as if it say, “Oh my god, he’s a conservative!” She was pretty cute, but I could tell the fact that I was a conservative was angering her.

    Surprisingly no one has given me weird looks for buying Orson Scott Card books (he is one of my favorite sci-fi writers), although it’s probably because the manufactured “controversy” surrounding him writing Superman was limited largely to the internet fanboy crowd.

    1. I didn’t say anything to her, but for some reason the fact that I was buying those books and the fact that I’m a conservative angered her. When I said, “Have a nice day” to her after she’d put the books into a plastic bag, she said, “Yeah, whatever.” I thought that was incredibly rude of her, but I didn’t want to make a big issue of it as I was hungry and my dad and I were meeting my mom for lunch at Five Guys.

    2. It would have been hard for me to let the “Yeah, whatever,” remark go. I could see myself saying, “Do you say ‘whatever’ to all your customers when they extend a kind gesture your way, or just the ones who buy books you wouldn’t purchase?”

    3. I was pretty taken aback by how rude she was. If I could go back to that day, I would’ve said something to her.

      People like her and those who deface books (like the sick, demented numbskull who wiped his or her snot in that Ann Coulter book you mentioned) make me shake my head in disgust. I also remember paging through a Glenn Beck book at Wal-Mart once and saw that some dope had written “F*** YOU, FASCIST PIG” in the front cover.

      And don’t get me started on the morons who buy comics they dislike (in this case, Holy Terror) and post videos of themselves microwaving it:

      Yeesh.

    4. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it was announced. However, it’s incredibly hard to find and even to this day, none of the bookstores I go to have it. I keep telling myself that I should order it off Amazon.com, but I never think of it when I do order books from there.

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