Monday, March 07, 2005

Bush supporters not welcome

An open e-mail to Ocean Haven, "Nature Friendly Lodging on the Oregon Coast," where "Nature Friendly" is defined as "No Hummers, No RVs, No Bush Voters (due to his environmental destructive policies)."
Congratulations on getting noticed by Best of the Web Today.

I'm curious, though. How do you know if the person trying to rent a room is a Bush voter? Can you tell by looking? Do you inspect bumpers for tell-tale stickers, have connection in County Clerks' offices? If they e-mail you, do you count spelling errors and malapropisms?

Or is it just an instinct thing?

Thanks for the chuckle.

Jan Bear
West Linn, Oregon

No answer so far.

I think on further reflection that it might be the honor system, which would necessarily include a presumption that Bush voters have honor -- a big step forward across the Red State-Blue State divide.

UPDATE: I did hear back from her. She said she doesn't have time to read the Internet, being too busy saving whales and tide pools and what have you, so she didn't know what Best of the Web is.

She said she didn't need to check up on Bush voters, because she doesn't think they'd lie about they voted for. So she does think we're honorable. But, of course, if she didn't know, she wouldn't know.

She said she had turned away only one Bush voter, and she didn't have any vacancies anyway.

Since amusement is as great -- maybe greater -- a reason to like someone as rationality, I could enjoy having her for an acquaintance. But I couldn't stay in her facilities. I wouldn't lie about my political stance, and besides, I can't afford it.

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