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Trucker's Journal

I've been a trucker since November, 2004. Before that I was an accountant for many years. I'm having fun and actually making more than I did before. Go figure....

Location: Midwest, United States

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Jesus jes' ain't gonna like it!

The counter with stools is present in almost every truck stop in the country with a sit-down restaurant. It sticks out like a peninsula into the tables and booths, and attracts those who wish to talk to others while they eat. I generally sit in a booth or at a table since I'm almost always reading a book or a magazine while I eat, but I'm sometimes close enough that I can overhear the conversations with ease.

One day last week I overheard an older man expounding on the good things happening in our country since George W. Bush became our beloved leader almost six years ago. He was generally delivering a monologue, but every once in a while, someone else at the counter would interject with a quick "That's right" or something of that sort. I was intrigued with what he was saying even though I agreed with none of it. If you've read the previous posts here, you know that I'm a liberal and a Democrat and have little use for Bush or his cadre of liars and thieves. This man got on a minimum wage roll, telling how it should not be raised and that anyone in the country could get rich if he or she really wanted it and tried. He said the poor were poor only because they were lazy or stupid. He then very loudly proclaimed, "And I say piss on the poor!"

Everyone listening was silent at that pronoucement until a younger (30 or so?) black man across from him asked if he was a religious man. The older (60 or more?) man spouting politics said, "Yes, I'm a Christian." The black man then said loudly, "No, you ain't no Christian. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40 'Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.' So, when you say 'Piss on the poor,' you're really sayin' 'Piss on Jesus.' I think Jesus jes' ain't gonna like it!"

The older gentleman wiped his mouth, picked up his ticket, and walked off toward the cashier without speaking another word. I just sat there and grinned at my newest friend, the truck driving Bible scholar :)