A Visit to the OC Fair — a Tale of Bitter Republicans

Obama's NOT a Socialist

Obama's NOT a Socialist

With my daughter in Florida and my wife working late, I took my son to the Orange County Fair last night.  He had a clear destination in mind — to the DPOC booth to get information on starting a Democratic Club at Northwood High next year and getting his friends registered to vote (yes, I’m weepy just thinking about this). Plus Art Pedroza is boycotting the Fair for some perceived slight to Latino families who were out in force Thursday night.  So much for following Art’s lead I guess.

Once we found it, there was a guy hasseling the two volunteers there, railing on the president.  So, we got into it.

“Obama is a socialist,” he said.

“I’d be happy if he were simply a liberal,” I counterd.

This degenerated into a discussion about the economy and how it was all Bill Clinton’s fault for passing NAFTA and “that’s why all the Mexicans want to cross the border.”  I reminded him NAFTA was initiated under President George H. W. Bush and that Mexicans have been crossing the border long before NAFTA, getting amnesty from President Reagan in 1986.  More railing from this guy on Bill Clinton.  “Oh, to be trapped in Clinton’s economy,” I retorted.

Then the exchange got nasty.

more after the jump…

“You want everyone to be equal?” he asked.  Sensing a trick question, I responded, “I want everyone to have equal opportunity.” He then informed me that wasn’t what I wanted.  Really?  I think I know my own opinion.

“We need to take our country back,” he said.  “From what?” was my answer.  

“If we keep following this guy…,” he said pointed to the cut out of President Obama, ” He’s nothing more that a Communist!”  Nice to know Red Baiting is never far from OC.  At that point, the discussion had descended into a “yes he is” “No he’s not” argument where the man and his wife left, leaving these two volunteers alone. 

I decided at that point it was time to go hassle the folks at the Republican Party of OC’s booth. They had lots of “Ed Royce” fans and photos of all the GOP congressmen from OC districts in the booth. Turnabout is fair play.

A sign at the booth, “say No to Socialism” is what got me started.  We had a brief exchange on the need for healthcare, Ronald Reagan’s record, and earmarks, which of course they didn’t see things my way.  My goal frankly was to inflict the experience upon them that the first gentleman did to the volunteers at the DPOC booth.  It worked.  They got mad. At me, which is what I wanted.

In short, I to asked to leave, but before I did, a gentleman at the booth said to me that everything President Obama was doing was similar to what Hitler did in Germany before the rise of the Nazis.  Really?  Really!  Obama is rounding up Jews and burning books?  I had no idea. And this from a volunteer in the GOP booth?  How many other OC Republicans feel this way?

So to review, the president is a Communist and is mirroring Hitler.  And we hadn’t made our way to the livestock pens yet to see the sheep or the swine.  But we have a prettygood idea where the jackass booth is.

  4 comments for “A Visit to the OC Fair — a Tale of Bitter Republicans

  1. Richard
    July 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I read your article and thought of it yesterday as I visited the OC Fair with my family. I saw “no socialism” sign at the Republican table and just had to laugh. Are they really still fighting the cold war and red baiting as recruitment strategy? That approach didn’t gain the any ground in the 2008 campaign.

    Also disturbing was a booth I found selling flags with several very large confederate flags prominently displayed. What kind of person buys a confederate flag? Does it appeal to racism or just nostalgic southern-pride? I was disturbed by finding the flag of slave owners shown proudly and on-sale next to the stars and stripes – but, maybe that’s just me.

  2. Josie
    July 29, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I just went to the fair last night, to see if they had confederate flags, like you say. There are only American flags, no confederate flags. In fact, I’ve been there every other day ( i run one of the booths). The OCGOP booth is your average American booth, patriotic and friendly. I would like to point out that the Dem booth doesn’t even have a flag, which I personally find odd. Your little scheme of trying to portray republicans as racist is sooo old.

  3. July 29, 2009 at 11:23 am

    a reader pointed out the confederate flags; I saw them too the night I went so I know they were there.

    I did see a flag in the DPOC booth that night; so you know, from running a booth, that sometimes things don’t get put up or displayed day to day.

    But the DPOC has a full size cut out of the President of the United States; the Republican booth has pictures of all the OC Congressmen. I’m hard pressed to determine which is “more patriotic.” And the Republicans at the booth were not friendly to anyone who likes our President, hence the Hitler comment.

    The previous post did not portray Republicans as racist. It referenced the confederate flag in a booth. And many of those states are still pretty red.

  4. Rob Redfield
    August 4, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    You do know that Hitler didn’t start with rounding up Jews right? He started with promises of change, and massive government take overs in the private sector in the name of reviving the collapsed German economy. Hmm…. sound familiar? It was only after he had consolidated his power that we began his “final solution.” The camps weren’t even public knowledge to most German citizens until after the war’s end. Your “I’d be happy if he was simply a liberal” quote is very revealing. You are a socialist yourself, if not an outright communist. Just admit it and show yourself for the nut job you are. Enjoy your new regime, someday the people will come calling.

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