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Mar 13, 2013
 

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L1 made my head hurt, so no comment.

L2: Taking your letter at face value, your friends suck. Keep Mark. Meet HIS friends.

I know at least the general political leanings of everyone I consider a friend, and most acquaintances with whom I interact on a regular basis as well. I've never felt like a relationship has been threatened by our differences. <mimishrug>

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#22
Mar 13, 2013
 
*difference, if any.

I made it sound like all my friends are raging liberals, haha.

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Mar 13, 2013
 
edogxxx wrote:
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You don't have to discuss politics to learn where someone stands. Ever discuss social issues? Fiscal issues? Taxes?
Nope. We never discuss any of those things. We are strongly encouraged to not bring politics to work. People who are heard going on rants are often given some type of discipline.

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Mar 13, 2013
 
edogxxx wrote:
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You don't have to discuss politics to learn where someone stands. Ever discuss social issues? Fiscal issues? Taxes?
Nope, nope, and nope.

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L1: It's called divorce.

L2: You now have learned that your "friends" weren't really your friends.

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I had a co-worker, ver y into politics. And as puzzled as I am about people like him, he is puzzled about people like me. He would tell me about holiday gatherings where the night would turn into one big political argument. He enjoyed that. That sounds like the last thing I'd want to involve myself in on Christmas.

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Mar 13, 2013
 
Mister Tonka wrote:
I had a co-worker, ver y into politics. And as puzzled as I am about people like him, he is puzzled about people like me. He would tell me about holiday gatherings where the night would turn into one big political argument. He enjoyed that. That sounds like the last thing I'd want to involve myself in on Christmas.
Yeah, or any other day.

Just because I'm *aware* of how my friends feel doesn't mean we sit around discussing/arguing about it. Stuff gets mentioned sometimes but no one dwells on it, and those of us who disagree just agree to do so.
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Mar 13, 2013
 
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Yeah, or any other day.
Just because I'm *aware* of how my friends feel doesn't mean we sit around discussing/arguing about it. Stuff gets mentioned sometimes but no one dwells on it, and those of us who disagree just agree to do so.
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Right. I'm much more ...argumentative on here than IRL. I'm not looking to get into heated arguments with my friends. I'm looking to have a nice dinner with light conversation.

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Mar 13, 2013
 
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text> Nope, nope, and nope.
I cannot understand this. Even talking about the weather can give you insight on someone's political leanings. Your job, pay raises, anything.

Are you sure you're not just incredibly dense?

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Mar 13, 2013
 
j_m_w wrote:
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Yeah, or any other day.
Just because I'm *aware* of how my friends feel doesn't mean we sit around discussing/arguing about it. Stuff gets mentioned sometimes but no one dwells on it, and those of us who disagree just agree to do so.
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And honestly, if you alraedy know that these three friends are dems/liberals, and those four friends are republicans/conservatives, what's there to talk about? You know where they stand, in general. I am more likely to speak up on issues where I am out of step with the Dem party -- like gun rights/gun control -- than I am about issues that I follow the traditionally liberal mindset.

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I cannot understand this. Even talking about the weather can give you insight on someone's political leanings. Your job, pay raises, anything.
Are you sure you're not just incredibly dense?
Unless you're a whako nutjob who doesn't accept the fact that it's getting warmer and the ice caps are melting, how does weather = political conversations?

FWIW, ASHRAE ("American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers") has had to reset the design guide temps all around the world.

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Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text> Right. I'm much more ...argumentative on here than IRL. I'm not looking to get into heated arguments with my friends. I'm looking to have a nice dinner with light conversation.
ITA. And there's so much more to talk about than politics.

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edogxxx wrote:
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I cannot understand this. Even talking about the weather can give you insight on someone's political leanings. Your job, pay raises, anything.
Are you sure you're not just incredibly dense?
And now for the day's entertainment.

Please explain how "Cold today, huh?" can give one an insight into another's political leaning?
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Mar 13, 2013
 
LW1: DTMFA. Seriously? Read your letter and tell us what advice you would give this person.

LW2: I don't understand why people want all of their friends and associates to think just like them. How absolutely boring! This is the USA, where we supposedly welcome diversity. LW, make some new, more open-minded friends.

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Mar 13, 2013
 
edogxxx wrote:
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I cannot understand this. Even talking about the weather can give you insight on someone's political leanings. Your job, pay raises, anything.
Are you sure you're not just incredibly dense?
Not everyone wants to be in a constant state of excitement and agitation. SOME people would rather just have a glass of wine, a nice steak, some RUSH, and chill talking about non-world changing issues. Sometimes it's nice to RELAX and not have to think about all the BS in the world...here and elsewhere, all.the.damn.time.

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Mar 13, 2013
 
Mister Tonka wrote:
<quoted text> Right. I'm much more ...argumentative on here than IRL. I'm not looking to get into heated arguments with my friends. I'm looking to have a nice dinner with light conversation.
Exactly.

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If said cheerfully obviously a Republican with shares of heating oil.
If said woefully obviously a liberal lamenting all those who cant afford heating oil.

Simple stuff really.
Sam I Am GEAM wrote:
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And now for the day's entertainment.
Please explain how "Cold today, huh?" can give one an insight into another's political leaning?

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RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Unless you're a whako nutjob who doesn't accept the fact that it's getting warmer and the ice caps are melting, how does weather = political conversations?
It ain't getting warmer around here (high of 33 today!) and polar ice caps are actually expanding. And the fact that the ice age glaciers melted 10,000 yrs ago tells me that someone must be incredibly dense to think humans are causing "global warming."

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Sam I Am GEAM wrote:
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Please explain how "Cold today, huh?" can give one an insight into another's political leaning?
"Where's all this global warming we were promised?"

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edogxxx wrote:
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I cannot understand this. Even talking about the weather can give you insight on someone's political leanings. Your job, pay raises, anything.
Are you sure you're not just incredibly dense?
1) If you think you can gain insight to someone's political leanings just talking about the weather, then there's the first (of many) difference between us. You are a whacko deliberately looking for any shred of a reason to classify someone as a liberal or conservative. I am not. If I talk about the weather, I'm talking about the weather. If I'm talking about my job, I'm discussing my job, not the political and socio-economic climate that my job exists in.

2) Sure, some conversations might give you an indication which way someone leans. The difference between you and me, you file that away. Now you know they are kindred spirits or dirty liberals. It gives you a reason to judge them, even if it is silently. Me? I don't make a mental note. I could not care less whether you are conservative, liberal, etc. I'm not using your every word to analyze your political leanings because I don't care what they are. Your political leanings only come into play if you are some asshole who does not want to talk about anything else but wants to have heated political discussions all the time. F that. Go find a message board to spew on.

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