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Oops, I did it again PDF Print E-mail
Written by Denise Freitag Burdette   
Thursday, November 08, 2012 5:17 PM

Maybe it was the glow of the electronic touchscreen. So shiny.

Somehow my finger hit the box next to Barack Obama.

Oh no! What have I done! Again!


This happened to me four years ago. Yet I don’t think I voted on a touchscreen that time. There must have been a small earthquake that jerked my arm, marking the wrong box.

Yet, I know what this means. So many people say it is true, so it must be ...

Somewhere in my unconscious, I want to be on welfare.

It is strange, though. I did not know this about myself.

Let’s see. I have worked since I was 12 years old, babysitting. I even spent a couple of my summers babysitting to earn money.

I started working in a grocery store at age 17, and had a second job during college.

I worked hard to graduate college a semester early to save money, and had a job in my field of study four months later. I even kept one of my other jobs for a year to make sure the new one worked out.

So lazy. I should have added at least one more job.

Then there are my out-of-control spending habits. Well, except for that huge box of coupons I have been carrying around for 20 years. And all those years I have lived in clearance racks.

I paid off my college loan early, all my car loans early. I pay off my credit card every month. Actually, I think the only real debt I have is my mortgage.

I refinanced it to take five years off the loan length, but I know what you are thinking. I should have it paid off by now. There is that lazy government handout dependent attitude again. I must think someone else will do it for me.

I also have learned recently that I hate gun owners, I love abortions, I might not believe in God, and there is a good chance I am a socialist or a communist.

Man, you think you really know a person. What was I thinking? Or not thinking? Or ...

Maybe everything is not black and white. Maybe someone can vote Democrat and believe in gun rights and fiscal responsibility.

And just maybe, all the stereotypes about Republicans are not true either.

One of the qualities I like best in any politician is the ability to reach out to the other side. Take the best of what both sides have to offer. If either Republicans or Democrats had all the answers, there would be no need for fall elections.

Maybe it is time to look at what we all have in common, instead of disparaging all our real (and sometimes imaginary) differences.

Denise Freitag Burdette is assistant editor of The Dearborn County Register.