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Old 05-04-2009, 06:48 AM   #1
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Alright, so me and my fiance went to a friends house for dinner on Saturday night. The couples house we went to are the ones that introduced us. They were having a dinner for other friends that were in town from NC. I have only met the NC friends only once before, so not all too familiar with them, and only met the other people at the party maybe three times. The only people I knew well were the hosts, at least the husband that is. OK, that is the set up.

So, everyone is sitting around talking with several different discussions going on about almost everything. Me and the host (my friend) were talking shop, but the other table they were all talking politics. In their conversation they were bashing Bush, McCain, raking Palin over the coals, and praising the work that Obama has been doing so far. Now, I am overhearing this and since I am BSing with my friend and figured to stay out of it. That goes on for awhile, then we all have a nice dinner together then afterwards sit around outside and BS some more. Well, politics comes up again and they are just bashing the Republican party (would have made you happy Hipchest ) so I finally put my two cents into the mix. Soon as they found out that I was the opposition per say the wife of my buddy states "we don't talk about politics here!" THEY had been talking politics all evening, and soon as their views are about to be challenged they shut off the conversation. So I say alright, not wanting be a dick, and one guy says something about Palin being an idiot (trying to get in the last word) and I roll my eyes and state "yeah, Biden is Mensa scholar" and they adamantly state "WE DONT TALK POLITICS!" I was the bad guy of the group. Now, my buddy stayed out of this, I think he was cleaning the grill, but they all ticked me off.

IMO, don't talk politics in a group if you aren't willing to have your opinions challenged. I fully expected my opinions to be challenged, that is what is great about our country, but I guess they didn't see it that way. They all acted like the judge on Miss America, don't ask a question if you aren't ready to hear the opposite of what you believe. Just needed to vent, thank you. By the way, my fiance stayed out of it and pretty much understood why I was disappointed, I knew there was a reason I love her!
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:54 AM   #2
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People can be jackasses sometimes man.... I would have been pissed too.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:56 AM   #3
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Its funny how that works...libs get to do anything or say anything they want...as soon as a republican opens his/her mouth, they are viewed as the bad guy
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At least this was with people you rarely see.

Try a family gathering of siblings and being the odd-man-out! Now that has deep ripple effects.

They're allowed to have their POV on politics, but have a different POV from theirs and suddenly you're just stupid and cut off from family events (despite your respecting their POVs and knowing when not to speak).
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The people at my wife's place of employment do this to her all the time. They'll make off the cuff comments about Bush, McCain, Palin and tout Obama and then when she challenges them, she gets teh old, no we aren't talking politics!

She's their boss too, funny stuff.
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At least this was with people you rarely see.

Try a family gathering of siblings and being the odd-man-out! Now that has deep ripple effects.

They're allowed to have their POV on politics, but have a different POV from theirs and suddenly you're just stupid and cut off from family events (despite your respecting their POVs and knowing when not to speak).
I am lucky, the majority of my family (except the alcoholic aunt and the recovering drug addict uncle) are conservatives. So at least that arguement doesn't come up.

SteelersinCA, maybe your wife needs to pull that "story" that was floating around on the net to her employees. You know, the one about I am firing anyone that voted for Obama, it is fair that way and you asked for it one.

I just love how they (not all of them) don't want their opinions challenged! Maybe they would have to admit they are wrong, or they made a bad choice. We all have to do it.
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Nodding and smiling pisses em off more than firing them, plus it's less hassle.
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Alright, so me and my fiance went to a friends house for dinner on Saturday night. The couples house we went to are the ones that introduced us. They were having a dinner for other friends that were in town from NC. I have only met the NC friends only once before, so not all too familiar with them, and only met the other people at the party maybe three times. The only people I knew well were the hosts, at least the husband that is. OK, that is the set up.

So, everyone is sitting around talking with several different discussions going on about almost everything. Me and the host (my friend) were talking shop, but the other table they were all talking politics. In their conversation they were bashing Bush, McCain, raking Palin over the coals, and praising the work that Obama has been doing so far. Now, I am overhearing this and since I am BSing with my friend and figured to stay out of it. That goes on for awhile, then we all have a nice dinner together then afterwards sit around outside and BS some more. Well, politics comes up again and they are just bashing the Republican party (would have made you happy Hipchest ) so I finally put my two cents into the mix. Soon as they found out that I was the opposition per say the wife of my buddy states "we don't talk about politics here!" THEY had been talking politics all evening, and soon as their views are about to be challenged they shut off the conversation. So I say alright, not wanting be a dick, and one guy says something about Palin being an idiot (trying to get in the last word) and I roll my eyes and state "yeah, Biden is Mensa scholar" and they adamantly state "WE DONT TALK POLITICS!" I was the bad guy of the group. Now, my buddy stayed out of this, I think he was cleaning the grill, but they all ticked me off.

IMO, don't talk politics in a group if you aren't willing to have your opinions challenged. I fully expected my opinions to be challenged, that is what is great about our country, but I guess they didn't see it that way. They all acted like the judge on Miss America, don't ask a question if you aren't ready to hear the opposite of what you believe. Just needed to vent, thank you. By the way, my fiance stayed out of it and pretty much understood why I was disappointed, I knew there was a reason I love her!
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Should have just said, "Bless your hearts" thats a good burn.

That throws people off, and if its a woman that's being an idiot about politics, just say "you're so pretty".

Works every time in conversations where the people who don't want to be challenged refuse to be engaged. I make fun of them that way. "Aren't you cute with your little opinion" its fun.
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Alright, so me and my fiance went to a friends house for dinner on Saturday night. The couples house we went to are the ones that introduced us. They were having a dinner for other friends that were in town from NC. I have only met the NC friends only once before, so not all too familiar with them, and only met the other people at the party maybe three times. The only people I knew well were the hosts, at least the husband that is. OK, that is the set up.

So, everyone is sitting around talking with several different discussions going on about almost everything. Me and the host (my friend) were talking shop, but the other table they were all talking politics. In their conversation they were bashing Bush, McCain, raking Palin over the coals, and praising the work that Obama has been doing so far. Now, I am overhearing this and since I am BSing with my friend and figured to stay out of it. That goes on for awhile, then we all have a nice dinner together then afterwards sit around outside and BS some more. Well, politics comes up again and they are just bashing the Republican party (would have made you happy Hipchest ) so I finally put my two cents into the mix. Soon as they found out that I was the opposition per say the wife of my buddy states "we don't talk about politics here!" THEY had been talking politics all evening, and soon as their views are about to be challenged they shut off the conversation. So I say alright, not wanting be a dick, and one guy says something about Palin being an idiot (trying to get in the last word) and I roll my eyes and state "yeah, Biden is Mensa scholar" and they adamantly state "WE DONT TALK POLITICS!" I was the bad guy of the group. Now, my buddy stayed out of this, I think he was cleaning the grill, but they all ticked me off.

IMO, don't talk politics in a group if you aren't willing to have your opinions challenged. I fully expected my opinions to be challenged, that is what is great about our country, but I guess they didn't see it that way. They all acted like the judge on Miss America, don't ask a question if you aren't ready to hear the opposite of what you believe. Just needed to vent, thank you. By the way, my fiance stayed out of it and pretty much understood why I was disappointed, I knew there was a reason I love her!
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