So, I might not be as funny as I think I am…and other confessions

This past weekend I learned something about myself and the people of this country that made me question (although not necessarily second guess) what it is I’m trying to do with Pacific Think Tees. As you probably already know, my mission is to get people talking about things that matter again in this country.  I think there are a lot of things that regardless of who we vote for, we can all agree on.  Many of those things are reflected in the shirts I create.

It was Friday night and my Mom (God bless her), had just picked up our kids for the night.  My husband and I hopped in the car and set off for what would be a very long drive down to Shelton, WA.  We were on our way to the Little Creek Casino to see Dennis Miller perform his standup act. 

That night was to be the first night I proudly wore my “Conservative Girls Do It Right” shirt.  Personally, I find the irony of the shirt hilarious.  I didn’t even think about what I’d encounter before I made my way into the friendly territory of the Event Center where he’d be performing.

It took us 2 hours to get there.  We hit rush hour traffic, sprinkled with a nice dose of rain and hail.  I’ve always found it peculiar that folks up here don’t seem to know how to drive in the rain.  Shouldn’t we all be experts by now?

Anywho, once there, we somewhat aimlessly walked around the place looking for the buffet (who can resist a Casino Buffet with all you can eat prime rib? Not I!).   And also not the approximately 30 people in front of us who were also waiting for a table.  That’s when the staring and glaring started and I got incredibly uncomfortable.  It was a feeling that I’d never had before.  ‘Am I going to get jumped when I go to the bathroom?’ I thought.  One woman stared at me so hard that I couldn’t tell if she wanted to punch me or if she wanted to buy the shirt off my back!  At this point I’m questioning just how funny my shirt really is.

So, once we got into the above mentioned “friendly territory” of the Event Center, all was good.  We had seats that were perfect for everyone to see my shirt and those who saw it, loved it.  I got a couple of nods, a few winks, and even managed to pass out a few business cards.  Miller was crudely and cleverly hilarious, as usual.  For some reason, it was at this point I decided to make the conscious effort to not give a flying you-know-what about what other people think of me.  Maybe I am a walking contradiction to some people.  I make sense to me though and have no problem telling anyone who wants to know, why I believe what I do.

My experience there just makes my mission that much more important to me.  When someone can’t even wear a t-shirt with a non-violent, and what should be non-offensive message that speaks to who they are, without another person snickering at them, what does that say about us?

So, here goes:  I’m Heidi Anderson.  And if I had to label myself (which I really don’t like to), I’d say that I was a “Libertarian Conservative”. 

I believe charity comes from the people, not the government.  I don’t think it’s the government’s job to fix every social problem.  When they try, it usually turns into a case of good intentions with with a whole slew of unintended consequences. 

I believe Thomas Paine was right when he said, “That government is best which governs least.”  I’m disgusted at the amount of debt our government (Democrats and Republicans) have created for my great grandchildren.  Both parties have sold us down the river and the system is broken.  It’s a very liberating thing when you stop defending the indefensible just because there’s an “R” or a “D” next to a politician’s name.

I don’t hate you because you disagree with me.  I welcome civil debate; it’s how we all grow.  I don’t believe that Fox News is always “Fair and Balanced”.  But I also don’t believe that MSNBC is the way we all should “Lean Forward” into a social Utopia.  Phew!  Am I glad I got that off my chest!

This life isn’t perfect and it isn’t supposed to be.  But can we at least agree to disagree on certain things?  Those who would want to destroy America couldn’t care less about who you vote for or who you tune into for your nightly news.  Find out what you believe because those who hate us (and there are many around the world who do), certainly know what they believe and they’re willing to fight and even die for it.

 {Steps off of soapbox}

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Dara Mandeville
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 16:43:19

    I eagerly anticipate your blog posts Heidi, so glad that I have such an amazing friend who speaks her mind!!!!!! Kudos to you!!!!!!

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