Monday, April 21, 2008

Republican (Grass Roots)

Father/Daughter Talk - A True Revelation

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and was very much in favor of 'the redistribution of wealth.'

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the addition of more government welfare programs. The objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was not easy to maintain. She said she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like others she knew. She didn't even have time for a boyfriend, and didn't have many friends because she most of her time studying!

Her father listened and then asked, 'How is your friend Audrey doing?'

She replied, 'Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She's popular on campus and college is a blast for her. She's invited to all the parties, and sometimes she doesn't even show up for classes because she's hung over.'

Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't you go to the Dean's office and ask him to deduct a 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.'

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired back, 'That wouldn't be fair! I have worked really hard for my grades! I've put in a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!'

The father smiled, winked and said gently, 'Welcome to the real world. And, by the way, I'm glad those professors are teaching you to think logically instead of just reacting emotionally?'

BigHugeThing likes this take on things ... even though BHT is trying to be less political.

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