Tonight's State of the Union party went very well. I'd say that there were 60-70 people there easy. And it was the best time i've ever had watching Bush speak. I won't go into my opinions on what he said right now, but the discussion group we had afterwards was great.
About 25-30 of us stayed after to talk about the speech and respond to what Bush said. It was a group of professors, pastors, peace activists from Crawford, college students, and other random people from the community. An electic group to say the least. We quoted everyone from Socrates to Jesus to Machiavelli to Buddha. And many more. People had some interesting, to say the least, ideas about the role of government and what we should do. But my favorite part was when one of the professors at Baylor, Dr. Froberg, talked about his views on war.
Dr. Froberg is a professor in the classics department at Baylor. He is also the College Bowl advisor. He's about 55-60 maybe and is probably the smartest, most proper person I have ever met. He's a bow tie wearing, opera listening, greek and latin speaking man. Tonight he started talking about war and about how he has never seen a war that has impressed him any. He does not believe in war. In fact, during Vietnam he was very vocal in his protesting of it. He literally went door to door to talk to people. He was thrown off porches, yelled at, and worse. Dr. Froberg. This is the man who once was ragging on Bob Dylan's music during a quiz bowl practice. The man who is so polite and never seems to want to step on any toes.
People just keep on surprising me.