Don’t put your politics in the waiting room of your clinic and wonder why you don’t get new patients. I just ran away from an eye appointment. My former doc stopped taking my insurance so I found a new doc. The new doc’s waiting room is filled with extreme Trumpist propaganda. I sat there for a while and thought about the whole freedom of speech thing. He has a right to his beliefs but I have a right to despise these beliefs and to feel disrespected by finding them in what should be a comforting, neutral place. I realized I didn’t want to give this guy my money. I thought about that and realized I wouldn’t mind at all if I hadn’t been forced to know what politics he espouses. I’m not forcing mine on him. Then I thought, “These magazines are out here so anyone who comes in knows where he stands. This is a line in the sand and I’m not crossing it.”
I got up and told the girl my neighbor had called and said my dog was out of my yard and I had to go.
It’s one thing to quietly know it’s all around and just live with it. Having it shoved in my face in a doctor’s office is not OK. Freedom of speech is partly about respecting other people’s beliefs and opinions. I remember back in the goodle days that Trumpists, especially, harken back to, people kept their political opinions to themselves and acted on them at the ballot box.
Anyone who thinks the Civil War ended when the Insurrection was quashed is living a pipe dream. I might just go back to bed.
Fred of “Au Natural” posted this in a comment and it cheered me up so…