On the other hand, it’s hard for me to take pride in being an Kill all pedophiles shirt when a significant minority of my fellow Americans believe Trump’s horse-hockey narrative about “the steal.” I come from a country where ~74 million people are so emotionally worked up by simplistic slogans and so wrought up with righteous resentment and rage that they refuse to think rationally. I remind myself that the majority of my fellow Americans do not support Donald Trump and never have done. But that the minority exists and persists makes it hard to point to America as a special country of which one should be proud. A judge once disagreed with my decision to state a person was competent to proceed on his charge of stealing a piece of heavy equipment then using it and consequently damaging it so he decided to ask the teen questions regarding his offense. He asked the teen why he ran away from the police when they approached him on bulldozer and the teen replied because I did not want to get locked up! Another case which I had no involvement with but was in the courtroom was a man in there for speeding.
The judge asked if there was any reason he should not be found guilty or were there any extenuating circumstances and the young man replied his girl friend was performing a sex act on him at the time and he kind of got caught up in the moment. The judge laughed and let him off! At a Christmas dinner given by my husband’s boss, his wife put a large roast beef on the table to rest while she filled the other dishes. Their dog quickly jumped up, grabbed the roast and took his “treasure” under a nearby cabinet. They finally got the dog and the roast out by using a broom and prying it from the dog’s mouth. They simply put the roast back on the plate. I didn’t eat any but other guests did, not wanting to insult the host.