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UNAMERICAN: Greeting at the polls

| November 19, 2021 1:00 AM

In the 40-plus years that I’ve been voting I’ve never had a problem voting until recently. It is difficult for me to get around so as I limped out of my car with my cane, I saw a guy with a sign that said sample ballots. As I walked up to him greater than 100 feet away, as he needed to be, I said, “What do you have?”

He said, “I have sample ballots,” and I said, “Oh I’ll take one,” and he says they are Republican sample ballots and I was thinking why would Republicans be out here in what is clearly a nonpartisan election? And so I said, “Well, sure I’ll take your Republican sample ballot, that way I know who not to vote for.”

He pulled it away from me and said, “NO! You can’t have one now.” And I said wait a minute. You made an offer, I made an acceptance — that’s a contract. I stumbled on his sample ballot sign and it sprang back up faster than an insurrectionist leading an ex-president leaving the White House with his tail between his legs (after getting the COVID-19 vaccine).

This right-wing Republican told me to go back to Russia. So I gave him a Russian greeting to which he responded, “I’ll be coming back for you with my Russian Kalashnikov rifle.”

OK, I’m told to go back to Russia because I don’t want to vote for Republicans in a nonpartisan election and then threatened with deadly retaliation with a Russian weapon. That’s un-American.

Have the decency and be a man, yeah man up, be a true American and threaten me with an American-made weapon. Don’t fund Russia by buying their weapons. Buy American; otherwise you could be labeled a communist.

RANDY TETZNER

Coeur d’Alene