There are very, very few issues on which pretty much everyone in this country can unite. And I do mean few. Come to think of it, I can only think of one, really: traffic, and how we all hate it. Pro-life/pro-choice/pro-Obama/I-can't-stand-that-(deleted deleted deleted)/liberal/conservative/libertarian/socialist...we all hate sitting in traffic. Right? Right.
You'd think that would be obvious to, well, ANYONE.
You'd think wrong.
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a blissful few days in Dallas and Fort Worth with some dear friends. One morning, I planned to meet two friends for breakfast at Fort Worth's very best diner, where one can get everything from dreamy chicken-fried-steak to perfectly loganberried Swedish pancakes. Plus, their coffee is really good. My hotel was literally three miles down the freeway from this diner, but knowing that it was rush hour, I budgeted in half again as much time as it would usually take.
I then promptly hit a perfectly beeeee-yoooo-ti-ful traffic jam.
Muttering unprintable remarks to myself, I texted my friends that I'd probably be a few minutes late, and crawled along with everyone else until I reached the source of the jam.
Construction, you may ask? Nope.
Stalled car, compete with idiot rubberneckers? Nope.
Car accident blocking multiple lanes? Once again, that's a negative.
Apparently, a group of about 6-8 people, brain trusts all, no doubt, felt compelled to stand on a bridge over the freeway and wave brightly-colored signs and flags during rush hour. The signs read "IMPEACH OBAMA," and similar variations on that theme.
At about the point that I was voicing the feelings of pretty much everyone on that freeway--to wit, "ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?!!!!", I caught the traffic broadcast on the classical music station to which I was listening, which informed me that a similar demonstration was going on in the north area of town and on a very busy stretch of freeway, but that those protestors took it a step further by standing at the very edge of the freeway and waving their signs at the passing cars, causing what could only be described as a truly epic traffic snarl because the drivers, while, I imagine, justifiably cheesed off, didn't want to deal with the insurance hassle of having idiot smeared all over the front of their cars.
I...just...seriously? You all really thought that by causing traffic jams, you'd convert people to your way of thinking?
Hey, you, get off my side!