So I'm enjoying the KELO news with my three-year-old when the phone rings.
"Who is it?" she asks.
"I'll find out," I say, dashing over to the phone.
After that telling auto-dialer pause, a young lady says, "Mr. Heidelberger?" After my hesitant acknolwedgment, she launches into a nervously brisk spiel explaining that she's with the National Rifle Association calling gun owners across South Dakota to conduct a survey. She says NRA exec Wayne LaPierre has a message that she promises will only be a minute, followed by a survey.
O.K., I'll bite.
The young lady plays the recording. Wayne LaPierre rolls says President Obama's vow to protect the Second Amendment "was an outright lie." LaPierre rolls out his finest fight language, saying Obama is stacking his administration with folks hostile to gun rights and warning the battle is now. Grand crusade stuff.
The tape ends, and on comes—whoops! now it's a guy! The autodialer must have cycled me over to another call center lackey. He asks pleasantly if I could hear Wayne LaPierre all right.
"So do you trust the Obama Administration to protect your Second Amendment rights?" the fellow asks.
He stammered just enough toward his "Thank you" to let signal that wasn't the expected answer. (I am the Unexpected™.) I laugh heartily and hang up.
"Who was that, Dad?" my three-year-old asks.
"Liars," I tell her. "Liars."
Wayne, I'm still waiting for that answer on how you and your silly guns will do anything to reverse the recession, reform health care, or contribute in any practical way to any of the other real problems our country faces.
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