To the Editor,
So it was at the Beto O'Rourke rally last week in Midlothian that something happened that proves that people living together in the same place but of different political thoughts can still find something to agree upon.
Now, I haven't been drinking or just got back from Colorado so it really did happen, right here in Ellis County.
There were a whole lot of people gathered in the parking lot at the convention center in Midlothian to see Beto in one room of the center at 5: 30 while at the same facility people were voting until the polls closed at 5:00. So there was a lot of different signs extolling the virtues of every candidate for offices of every kind and a bunch of people yelling for this guy or that woman to get elected and some saying some not so nice things about this person or that person and everyone was having a groovy political time dodging cars that were trying to find a place to park.
The cops were watching.
Well, it seems that a few minutes before 5, some voters gathered and entered the polls and by Texas law once they were there, the polls had to stay open to accommodate them in their constitutional right to fulfill their patriotic civic duty. Now it seems from what I was told later by a source close to the action that these voters were taking a lot more time than normal filling out their ballots either by design or maybe because the official election pens with the plastic spoons attached in case you brought a snack were maybe running dry due to the larger than expected turnout of voters in a midterm election. But whatever the reason that will remain a mystery or conspiracy fodder, the end result was because the rally would be in a room within the 100 foot limit and be considered campaigning, the Beto people decideded to abandon using the room, being the honorable people they are and not wanting to accuse the other side of using somewhat questionable tactics to subvert the rally, decided to hold the event outside as it was a beautiful Texas evening so the crowd gathered on the patio and walkways awaiting Beto's arrival.
Everyone was visiting with each other and were taking selfies with the dog with Beto shaved on his side and collecting buttons and reading the signs on the flatbed trucks and the pointing at theTrump Baby of London fame but smaller that was on the windshield of another truck when some Ted Cruz supporters held up their signs on the edge of the crowd.
And some of the crowd booed.
But most of the crowd said " Don't boo, vote" and started chanting "Beto, Beto, Beto!" then people with Beto signs went over by the people with Cruz signs and everyone was getting anxious for Beto's arrival and signs were bouncing up and down when Jana Sanchez who is running against Ron Joe Barton right Wright starting to speak and whip up the crowd as Beto arrived on the scene and graciously took selfies with supporters awaiting his turned to speak.
When it did become his time to speak, he ran to a step stool that had been placed in the middle of the crowd and climbed up so everyone could see and seeing how the public address system was in the room within the 100 feet of the polling station where the election people were wrapping up their day, he spoke through a bullhorn turning so everyone around could see and hear. Then he aknowledge the Cruz supporters with the signs and welcomed them which is something you'll never see at Trump rally when protesters not in full agreeance are roughly hustled out the door while those crowds boo and jeer.
But this letter is not about Trump.
It is about what happened after the rally was over and Beto was deluged by his supporters and was making sure anyone that wanted a selfie with him got one. That's just the way he is.
It was when my wonderful wife and I were walking back to our car when we passed one of the Cruz supporters talking to a Beto supporter in a civil and respectful manner. i walked over to him and waited until his present conversation was over. He looked at me. I offered my hand and said "Thank you for being here. Isn't America great?"
"It's the the best place ever" he replied and shook my hand.
"Yes it is" I said.
It was on the way home when I started thinking about what had happened. Of how two people not knowing each other shared something that reflected something seemingly lost behind the campaign signs, the hate and disgraceful rhetoric infesting the social media, the division along party lines, the shootings of and mailings of bombs to those whose only offense was to use the freedom to determine their own thoughts and practice their chosen religion and well beyond the disparaging of those not in total adherence to the thinking of one singular mind warped in their version of national identity at a rally in the same state where the victims of a perverted interpretation of that vision lie in death.
That is not America.
But for one moment two people, two citizens, here in Ellis County connected by nothing more than time and circumstance, shared what America once was.
And what America should be once again.
Perchance to dream.
Alan Fox, Waxahachie