Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Why Don’t I Talk About Politics At Work?

Aside from the occasional discussion of why Sarah Palin is still on the national stage, politics never really comes up at my work place. This is a non-profit. I imagine if there are civically active people anywhere, they’re here. But yet, not much discussion.

And now I know why. It’s because we have wildly divergent views. With the racial, ethnic, and age diversity going on here, It makes sense that we would assume we’re different and keep hot-button opinions to ourselves.

A co-worker of mine was just on the phone right now extolling the virtues of Herman Cain. She said she liked him until he announced his 9-9-9 plan. If you live under a rock and don’t know what I’m talking about, shame on you. The short version is that the plan sucks and is a great way to raise taxes on the very poor while lowering it for the very rich. It also involves a national sales tax. No more crossing state lines to purchase cheaper clothes, gas, or alcohol.

This woman has a loud voice and so I could hear most of her side of the conversation. She was right to be against that plan, and it sparked up a conversation where she and I explained it to the rest of our co-workers. Then she branched out into talking about how she doesn’t understand why the current government wants to spend their way out of a recession. And that’s where I was done.

I’m not at all interested in sharing my opinions on that matter. We can talk about the things we agree on, but the things we strongly disagree on, no way! I don’t have the background to explain to her why injecting money into the economy is the only thing that kept us out of a depression. I could send her some articles Paul Krugman wrote for the New York Times, but I imagine that wouldn’t make the intended point.

I didn’t even say, “let’s agree to disagree.” I just nodded as she finished her point and turned back to my computer.

Some people get really fired up about their politics. I can be that way, so I’m staying away from such discussions. I’ll only go so far as to explain to people who’ve been living under a rock some current events or background of which they may be unaware.

Speaking of informing people, I wonder how many people reading this blog have a favorable opinion of Sarah Palin? Anyone? I didn’t think so. Let me enlighten you. The woman is a complete asshole who has no problems thrusting her children into the spotlight for her own personal gain. Also, she’s judge-y towards everyone but herself and her offspring.

But aside from her personality flaws, she’s not so bad. Oh, and aside from her complete lack of skills needed to run the country (which doesn’t seem to be a threat anymore), she’s not so bad. If you read her Wikipedia page, objectively please, you will see what I see.

She’s pretty, charismatic, funny, devoted, and she was really pretty good at her job locally. She did just fine as mayor and she did just fine as governor.

Her big problem is that she’s a lightning rod. Some people love her, others hate her. There’s not a lot of indifference going on. She became unable to do her job because of all the animosity against her. She caused most of it by breaking up the status quo (good for her), but she couldn’t get things back to normal and couldn’t resolve problems with enemies (bad for her).

My point is… Sarah Palin should never be president, but doesn’t deserve some people’s unabashed hate. Also, Herman Cain is an idiot if he really thinks his 9-9-9 plan will work. Please, climb out from under your rock if you still don’t know what I mean and Google “Herman Cain 9-9-9 plan”.

6 responses

  1. Lost in France

    Do not know that much about Palin, but she does not get much good press in the UK papers

    October 23, 2011 at 03:49

    • I don’t read a lot of international news, so I find it interesting that she doesn’t get good press internationally either. I’m also interested to hear what the rest of the world thinks of our current presidential candidates. We don’t hear too much about the rulers of other countries except when it’s entertainment type news.

      October 23, 2011 at 04:34

  2. Yeah, politics are definitely one of those things that if you talk about it it’s like stepping onto a fully loaded mine field and waiting for something to blow up in your face. Luckily, my work stays away from the politics talk too. I’d prefer to stay out of it, especially at work because everyone gets so worked up!

    October 23, 2011 at 11:02

    • Yeah, as soon as people start to get worked up, I move on. A lot of people seem to have lost their ability to talk civilly about things that others may disagree with.

      October 25, 2011 at 19:24

  3. justmarriedgirl

    It comes up amongst my friends at work, but that’s because we share the same views and are often appalled by what we read or hear from “the other side”. But if I know I have a difference of opinion with someone, I just stay quiet. It’s usually not worth the argument!

    October 26, 2011 at 15:29

    • Usually not, indeed. I do have a couple friends with different views who are actually worth discussing things with. A very few.

      October 27, 2011 at 02:14