“TAKE YOUR CHANCES”

by OPOVV, ©2016

(Aug. 22, 2016) — “Got a minute? Surely you’ve got a minute to hear a hot tip, the best tip ever.

“This tip is so good you won’t believe it. Listen, this is how it works: picture a horse race and the betting windows are open.

“Ooops! Sorry, you’re just a little bit too late. Didn’t you hear the bell? But not to worry. You heard me: don’t worry about it.

“You see, in this race you get to change your mind after the start. No kidding. How much did you bet? Well, you had to bet something; everyone has to bet something.  Okay, not everyone, but enough. All those who are legally eligible. Yes, even if they don’t place a bet they’re still placing a bet. Listen to me. Hold on and listen.

“You’re on a ship that hits an iceberg. No, not the Titanic.  You’re on a cruise ship now, right now, okay? It’s sinking, but there are plenty of lifeboats and life preservers for everyone, got it? See, picture a lifeboat and it’s got a seat with your name on it. The seat cover has your name printed on it, as does your own personal life vest and matching life preserver.

“So you’re on a ship, right? No, a boat is a submarine: you’re on a sinking ship but you can save yourself but you don’t. I mean, you decide to forego all the life-saving devices at your disposal and just jump in the water and take your chances.

“Yes, no matter what you do or don’t do the ship will sink. The race will be run whether you voluntarily place your bet or not, understand?

“Look, I see that I’m not getting through to you. No, no, it’s not your fault: it’s my fault for not explaining it to you so you understand it, is all.

“Let’s say, for the sake of argument, that you’re not as smart as you think you are. Well, you know they have teachers who teach such people and, guess what? Those teachers are so good that even the people who everyone thought were slow to understand stuff — after a while — they got it, just like the regular people do.

“So what I’m saying is there’s hope, no matter who’s at fault, okay? Let’s get back to this race. No, it’s not over. Heck, it won’t be over for a while. But here’s the neat thing about this race: you can change your mind at THE LAST SECOND. No lie.

“So what if you supported Hillary and so what if your parents always voted the Democrat ticket; doesn’t mean a hill of beans. I don’t know, maybe Boston.

“Listen: for once in your life be your own person. THINK. The Good Lord gave you a brain to reason with and I say now’s the time to use it.

“Here’s one: you’re a father at a park. It’s a beautiful sunny day. Your daughter is with you and you hear shots ring out. An illegal immigrant just murdered your daughter.  You want more deaths that shouldn’t have happened in the first place?

“How’s that? Because of the word ‘illegal,’ that’s why. Look, you can’t go though life having other people think for you, okay?

“The race? No, there’s no ‘horses’: the ‘race’ is between Hillary and Trump; the ‘race’ is between do we keep the USA or do we surrender and let illegal immigrants murder young women in front of their fathers. At least you can figure that part out, I hope.”

OPOVV

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