Back when I was around eight years old, my playmates and I hatched a plan: We would fill condoms with water and throw them at “rich” people.
It was easy for us, since I lived at the fire station on Sixth Street and could reach the roof of the city shops, from which we could fling the rubber “balloons.”
When it was all over and we were called to task, my grandmother, mother and one of the aunts declared that they would never be able to appear in “polite society” again.
My grandfather snickered that my days as an only child were over.
He wasn’t part of the society that worried my female relatives.
To this day, I have no idea who or what “polite society” is.
Watching the nightly news, I don’t think it exists, if it ever did.
If someone had approached me about the water bombs between then and now, I would have laughed out loud.
Eventually, my female relatives went back to church and their ladies’ groups, who only found out about the escapade when they were told by — you guessed it — my mom, aunt and grandmother.
No one is still around to talk about it and I am not planning to run for any office, so I doubt if society gives a whit.
I’m sort of concerned, though, about how the children of someone seeking, but not in, office could be a problem for the parents.
Calling for a full-scale investigation by anyone, of anyone, opposing someone for office seems to be a gamble.
That’s especially risky when the partisan nomination is still in the debate stage. What if other nations look into people, millions of dollars have been spent investigating them and the whole thing boils to a head with no useful results because the person targeted doesn’t make the ballot?
Meanwhile, nations that have long been less than happy allies of the United States have not performed the investigations as requested. It has long been shown that Russia meddled in the past election and isn’t reluctant to meddle again, now other countries are thinking about it.
Growing up and attending school in Alamosa, I developed a fearful curiosity about Russia, so I was shocked that our government had a door open to let them in.
Civics classes taught us election ballots were secret and only registered voters had access to them.
Later, as a poll watcher, I learned about the procedures of electing our leaders.
I couldn’t figure out how that process could run awry or how one person on the ballot could harm the other.
Not until the past several years, when horrible accusations flow through the air like water.
“Polite society” appears at political rallies and yells for people to be jailed when there has been no crime and no trial, simply because they believe differently.
The rule of law seems to be a fallacy to many people expected to vote in 2020, people who seem glad to toss someone else in jail “just because.”
If that’s the case, try tossing water-filled condoms. Maybe “polite society” will pay attention.