Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Eric Wilborn, epitome of a conservative

Artist's rendition of Mr. Wilborn Posted by Hello

I had to make this story a separate post. At the beginning of my Issues in American Politics class, we went around the room and gave a brief description of ourselves. More detail on the results in a forthcoming post.

As we went further right in the classroom, more and more Bush supporters began to emerge. Mr. Eric Wilborn took the cake for being the stereotypical conservative Republican. I could tell things would be bad when I heard his southern accent. He proudly boasted that he was a strong supporter of President Bush. All the elements of conservatism were there. First, he professed his support for the Bush tax cuts. Professor Wagner playfully retorted that he likes tax cuts as long as they go to him. It only got worse from here. With much glee in his voice, Wilborn layed out his vision for American foreign policy. He has high hopes for invasions of both Iran and Syria. Once again, the professor interjected, "Ready to enlist?". The coup de grace came when asked of his plans for the future. Apparently, he sees himself as a land developer.

Both myself and my classmate Erin started cracking up. He fit our vision of a conservative to a "t". She joked that later in class, she'd go over and introduce herself, satirically, as some sort of hippie. There were a few other individuals, mostly young men, who share the same worldview of Mr. Wilborn. One of them actually was pursuing a career in fishing.

There's certainly more to come on my experiences in this class.


Blogger Eric Cioffoletti said...

Good lord! Mr. Wilbur is all things I hate about conservative Americans it sounds like. :(

Don't worry. Although there's a lot of Bush supporters around I think the Dems are usually the silent majority.

August 25, 2004 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger tsias said...

At least in this class, Wilbur was a distinct minority. I'm glad that young kids lean towards the Democrats.

August 25, 2004 at 10:01 PM  

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