To the editor:
I met my Democrat friend in our tavern the other day. "Where've you been?" I said to him.
He looked at me with a slight grin. "I haven't wanted to listen to you busting my chops about Obamacare."
"Hey, you're my friend," I said. "Do you think I would get any fun out of rubbing your nose in the biggest and most destructive government program ever launched, by the stupidest group of idiots that ever ran the government?"
"Give me a break," he answered, "you know it was passed with the best intentions."
"Like the other signposts on the road to Hell?"
"Let's talk about something else, " he muttered.
"How's Andy?" I asked.
"My grandson, that you met at the ball game?"
"He's down in the dumps. He's always wanted to go to Dartmouth, and he knows now that's not going to happen."
"Best thing that ever happened to him," I said.
He scowled at me. "What's that supposed to mean?"
"We've got too many Ivy Leaguers already. Especially in the White House. These kids go to the Ivy League and they come out thinking they know all the answers and what's good for the rest of us. They don't. They don't have any experience at doing anything and they don't have the answers. There's only one person who has all the answers, and He wants us to know that we don't."
"Whoa, I thought we agreed not to talk religion here."
"Sorry, I got a little carried away there."
So we sat there for a minute, not saying anything. Then he said, "I think we're going to make it. I really do. In spite of everything."
"Well, that makes me feel better. You didn't look like you felt that way."
"We have to keep trying, don't we?"
"Yeah, we don't have any choice."
Sam brought us another round, and then my friend - I guess he had been there a while - suddenly started singing, in a low voice. "Should auld acquaintance be forgot ..."
I joined him, "... and never brought to mind?"
Sam said, "Hey, fellas, keep it down here," and nodded toward an old couple in one of the back booths. We turned to look; the old lady in the booth was smiling at us.
"Happy New Year," she said, in a surprisingly loud voice.