Friday, June 18, 2004

Is freedom important to you?

Ring... Ring...

Me: Hello?

Voice: Hello Mr. Cuthbert, I'm so-and-so with the Fraternal Order of Police. Blah, blah, blah... So, tell me, Mr. Cuthbert: Would you say that police protection in your area is important to you?

Me: Well, that's kind of a loaded question, isn't it?

Voice: Uh... Sir, do you support the police department in your area?

Me: That depends on what you mean by "support." If you mean: Am I enthusiastic about the work they do? Then, yes. If you mean: Do I contribute money to them? Then, no.

To be fair, the woman was calling about Bears on Board, a wonderful charity that provides police with teddy bears to give to children in crisis situations for comfort. But I don't have any money to contribute right now (I wouldn't donate over the phone, anyway) and I wasn't going to be baited by her sneaky tactics. I didn't get a degree in rhetoric for nothin'!

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