We are in a small town in Texas, and that means that we are probably 90% straight-ticket Republican votin’ folks. We like iced tea, chicken fried steak, and have no idea what “pop” is. We call it “Coke.” In fact, we like this word so much that we call a Pepsi a “Coke” and a Big Red is a “Coke”, too. We like country music, drive HUGE trucks, and are pretty positive that Obama is gonna try to take all of our guns, so we’re busy buying as many as we can find.
I would have assumed that, as a general rule, Kendall county folks didn’t care much for politics. The less we hear about politics is probably better…or so I assumed.
We’re in the middle of election season here in town, and boy, is it noisy. Our marquee matchup is for the Sheriff’s office. In one corner you’ve got Al Auxier. Retired DPS trooper. SUPER nice guy. Very well-liked. In the other corner you’ve got Shad Prichard. Currently working in the Sheriff’s office. Iraq War vet. Also a very nice guy.
In the middle you’ve got their supporters. And my lord, what a mess they’re making.
I really feel for both Al and Shad because I think they’re both really nice guys. Family men, Christian, and well-respected. I don’t think either of them wish ill of the other, and I’m sure they’re both anxious to get this election over with. They’re anxious because their supporters have turned Kendall County into a Civil War battlefield. Vandalism, accusations, smear campaigns….it’s been non-stop. Al’s wife’s car was keyed the other night, and dozens of both of their signs have been vandalized. Anonymous letters have been mailed to both of them that are simply full of name-calling, and I’m sure that for somebody that’s not used to this kind of attention, it’s a bit unnerving. And while I’m sure one side might say that they’ve gotten worse than the other, the point is that they’ve BOTH been victimized by the other side’s supporters. You know – by our good ol’ fashioned conservative Texan brethren.
Politics is frequently bloody. We all know that. HOWEVER, we’re in Kendall county. We are conservative folks (for the most part) that have very vocal opinions about what is broken in Washington. We can’t stand a bunch of politicians that stand around name-calling and acting like children, but then………..we are doing it ourselves right now. We shake our fists at the TV when Obama twists words and isn’t getting something done, but when our particular candidate’s opponent puts up a campaign poster, we’re sneaking over there in the dead of night and destroying it. Or we’re mailing his wife a letter to tell her that we think she’s ugly. Or we’re making fun of a person’s military service. Or we’re diminishing a different candidate’s 26 years of experience. Instead of truly debating one candidate’s credentials or ideas against the other, we’re doing the VERY THING we loathe about politics.
If you don’t like Al, don’t vote for him. If you don’t like Shad, don’t vote for him. It’s that easy. We despise political circuses, yet we’ve managed to create a pretty big one right here in our own backyard. I’m not sure what the point of all this is, other than to say it’s a pretty interesting study in human nature. Sometimes the things that we despise most in others, is readily visible in ourselves. Do we see it? Probably not. We’re too busy posting to Facebook.