Bumpa, put your hearings in. I got a question. It’s serious.
Okay. Just a minute. Now, what’s your question, Elijah?
We’re not supposed to lie, right?
Right. We should always tell the truth. We don’t want be liars.
Why? Everybody’s doing it?
No they’re not, Who’s everybody?
The mean guys!
What mean guys?
You mean Republicans?
Yea, them. The Publicans.
Where’d you get that, Elijah?
I saw it on Rachel!. We couldn’t watch Simple Songs at daycare!
What did you see?
The Publicans putting little Mexican children in prison. I saw it on TV.
Okay, I see. Anything else?
Yes. Marissa says we don ‘t have to worry about dictators. We shouldn’t have to worry about dictators. Right, Bumpa? What’s a dictator?
Ah, I see. Dictators do whatever they want. They lie and cheat and get away with murder. Their countries don’t have constitutions to check their power. Understand?
We live in America, right?
Well, yes. We live in North America, like Canada, but yes, our country is called The United States of America. Does that make sense?
Bumpa, I’m only 23!
No, you’re not 23. You’re almost two. You’re 23 months, not years. You have 16 more years before you can vote.
That’s not fair! One last question before you clean your hearing aids, and don’t make it complicated.
Okay, shoot. Try me.
You said we don’t have a dictator. Do we really have a constitution?
— Gordon (Bumpa) and Elijah, Chaska, MN, April 27, 2019.