Your boss won't remember your name in 20 yearsyour kids will!
Sept 30, 2008
Politics And The Work Place
by Southern Programmer
Politics and the work place.
Over the years I have come up with a simple set of rules I hope to pass down to my sons. I learned these rules the hard way starting at age 6 and have kept the best ones.
#1: Naps Are Good For You.
#2: The girl you married at recess will marry someone else next week.
#3: Don't get into a fight with any kid named Briggs, Biff, Or Rusty, you will probably lose.
#4: As you get older, don't be surprised if your best friends are named Briggs, Biff, or Rusty.
#5: No matter how fast your car is, you can't outrun the highway patrols CB radio.
#6: When getting anything repaired, always get a quote first and if the person doing the repairs asks "How much you got?" Walk away.
#7: If your 6 months pregnant wife ever asks for a towel to dry herself off with after showering, never...NEVER EVER hand her an extra large beach towel no matter how good your intentions are. This one may save your life!!!
#8: If you think you look good while dancing, have someone video tape you before going to a party to save yourself embarrassment.
#9: If your wife says "I'm not laughing AT you...I'm laughing WITH you" she's lying.
#10: Your wife will probably wind up being your best friend, treat her right.
#11: Always hold the TV remote close to your body.
I am now adding a new one:
#12: NEVER discuss politics at work during an election year!
This week has been a politically charged atmosphere at work. I am sure everyone's nerves are on end due to two years of campaigning by both parties and the current financial crisis.
Due to my job, I often have to visit MFG plants which are primarily populated by blue collar workers. The majority of these workers tend to vote for the Democratic party and will not accept any view point which has any hint of conservatism.
During one break, I witnessed a heated discussion from a lone McCain supporter and an Obama supporter. After a few minutes the Obama supporter slammed down a beefy arm on a table and thundered "I'm talking about the Democrats!" I'm not sure what led to that outburst but he managed to clear that side of the break room in a hurry.
Most of my co-workers are up north and are scattered about in New York and Boston. They are staunch supporters for Kerry, Kennedy and Hillary but otherwise appear to be fairly intelligent :)
Personally, my political beliefs tend to be Republican but I have in fact voted for the Democratic party in cases where I honestly thought the Democratic candidate was better qualified than the Republican choice.
This fact came out during a recent email thread started by the other loan Conservative co-worker in my group. I mentioned that I had voted for the Democratic party and someone asked would I vote for Obama. I replied that I simply did not believe Obama had enough experience and did not want to turn the country over to him.
Boy. Did that start something.
One co-worker immediately pointed out Palins lack of experience. I replied that Palin was not running for President. That bought back a reply mentioning Biden's experience. I replied back that if Biden was running for President I might be persuaded to vote for him. Soon the insults began flying concerning the candidates. I personally did not participate in the name calling, my other conservative co-worker handled that.
Grumpy Old Man! (McCain)
John "McSame As Bush!"
Clinton Version X!
Palin Has No Experience!
McCain fired rockets out of planes! Obama fired staples into telephone poles!
And so on and so on.
I for one will be glad when this election is over, I feel as if I have heard enough over the last two years and am ready for this to be over with and maybe we can all get back to work.
Catbox (10/04/2008) With the new Admin. coming in a year ago and 3 rounds of the Boss sh*t-canning everyone he could, followed by lowering everyone's rating--people don't talk at all to anyone about anything. I paste on my smile, drink down my sickly sweet voice, and say a prayer as I'm getting out of my car to go into the place. People are riddled with fear and anxiety.
indianadan (10/06/2008) I work closely with 3 other people in a small business. Happily we take care not to say anything that might offend each other politically. Two of us are Republicans and two Democrats, and we do discuss politics sometimes. but I'm very thankful we have been able to keep it cool. I think it's important to respect other people's right to disagree with me, even on political issues I think are very important.
SouthernProgrammer (10/07/2008) In most cases we (my co-workers and I) can discuss politics in a civil manner. There is one person who is quick to blow up though, however this person has also publicly stated (in front of the boss yet!) that there was NO-ONE in the group smarter than him.
HaveADamnNiceDay (10/07/2008) Wow, SP. It sounds like your 'smart' friend is really insecure. Does he have a napoleon complex?
I agree with IndianaDan about people's right to disagree. Recently one of my friends sent me an offensive music video about Sarah Palin, whom I happen to like, and I sent her back a message that said, "Let's agree to disagree on this". I don't like to discuss politics with friends, simply because no matter what you say to anyone who is in support of the other party/candidate, they will still howl and tell you that you're wrong, and here is why they're right, etc. etc.
I don't even like to get into debates with my husband. He's a registered democrat, I'm a registered republican. We instead try to focus on who cares most about what WE value as a family, and what protects our personal and national interests. We therefore tend to agree on a lot of things.
A long time ago I got into a debate over evolution (no, I don't believe in it for lots of good reasons), with a pal at school. He kept firing little things at me laced with insults, and I calmly rebutted with science and facts. He took it so personally (as though I was deliberately insulting him) he moved to another table in Art Class and didn't talk to me for two weeks. Ah, high school... It really isn't that different from adult life, is it?....Except maybe the grudges can last a bit longer.....
thelma (10/23/2008) The last office I worked in was full of DittoHeads. Every day, I had to listen to the lastest Rush Limbaugh "wisdom" that he had broadcast during drivetime that morning. I did enjoy hearing their rationalizations when Limbaugh got caught with illegal prescription drugs. The basic philosophy of DittoHeads, IMHO, is "If I do it, it's OK; if you do it, it's wrong."
I remember one guy got really worked up explaining away that reverend in Colorodo who got caught with the gay prostitute.
Now I work in an office were there's a balance AND people are more civil.
That's the important part, civility. We don't have to agree on everything, but be polite. Don't question my intelligence or morals just because I don't worship at the altar of Limbaugh, Hannity, or O'Reilly.
It's also interesting that most of those DittoHeads profess to be Christian, but they don't go to church and don't know the Bible very well.
HI (11/09/2008) NICE, THE WHOLE TIME WHEN I WAS READING YOUR BLOG, I HAD A SMILE ON MY FACE.
dontask 0 (11/09/2008) Congrats to all of us. We survived what seems to be the longest election wranglings in modern history. I feel like an exhausted slinky. Hopefully there are good jobs with better pay on the horizon. Better medical coverage.
and better care wouldn't hurt either.
This election has not affected my job, coworkers deliberately avoided the subject. Did anyone notice that more layoffs are scheduled after the election?
printing fool (09/13/2010) I know that this is probably an old thread, but let me add this. Palin has had way more experience than Obama. First being the Mayor of Wasilla and also Gov. Of Alaska. I realize that people are sometimes put off about a woman being in power and it upsets their world. Get used to it! I am an Alaskan, and we are proud of our Sarah!