I live amongst the far right. Some people would say I have conservative leaning, others would say I’m not conservative at all, and those that really know me know that I have no established lean at all, and decide for myself on any matter that I care to have a stance on. So I will be forthcoming and say that I had no horse in this race. I didn’t care for either candidate, and I believe when looked at with some objectivity it isn’t hard to see that there was no good choice; neither candidate was going to bring any of their promised positive change.
Given this indifference to the election you would think I could just happily go along, not worrying about the political noise. Just happily write in King Schwarzenegger and be on my way. Unfortunately my indifference to the election didn’t translate into indifference toward idiots talking about it. People who are at the very end of the political spectrum, regardless of which end, are the most close-minded, ignorant, bullshit repeating, fucktards in existence. That said, my expertise is in dealing with the far right bitches who really make me wonder how the fuck they made it through college.
Not that everything on the right is wrong; there’s a lot there to like. There are aspects of the conservative agenda that really resonate with me, unfortunately there is baggage that comes with that such that I can never count myself among them. Most I know can’t even correctly explain their own GOP issued opinions, so I give them no credit for the causes they champion that have merit. Recently of course due to Obama’s reelection the level of ignorance has boiled over into a messy mixture of half-facts, lies, and outbursts of uninformed anger.
I came into work the day after the election expecting to discuss it throughout the night with my coworkers, and of course I had my bullshit shields up. I was not prepared. Well the first couple tirades I expected; the usual stuff like how all of their problems in life are directly attributable to the president. Which is ironic, because they want the government to fix these problems in their life, but say they are anti-socialism. Something is not adding up there. I was just barely listening to this and interjecting sporadically when out of nowhere: BAM! Blatant racism.
One of the nurses remarked that she just couldn’t understand how this happened (Obama being reelected), so I explained that it was really quite predictable as polls had shown him being strongly ahead with women and minorities. Then from out of nowhere another nurse says, “Well of course the minorities elected him, none of them work and they want to keep their free ride.” The fuck? None of them? Really? The three most hard-working men I have ever had the honor of knowing are all different minorities. It really caught me off guard; one of those “did I really just hear that?” moments. Her response to my confrontation was: “Well you know… I don’t mean it like that… Just like, you know…” No, no I don’t.
I love racial humor. Love it. I believe the ability to look at our differences and laugh at them is the healthiest possible outcome of race relations. I also believe there’s truth behind every stereotype, even if it’s small, otherwise they wouldn’t exist. However broad strokes such as her comment enrage me. Regardless, the moment awkwardly passed, and the shift continued down its politically charged path.
There isn’t any need to continue ranting, but I will present this as a shining example of what I am dealing with: at one point I had to educate a grown woman on what type of government America uses. I had to break down how America is not a democracy, and then had to explain why voting democratically on every single issue would be a total and unmanageable clusterfuck. I guess there had to be some disparity to the political dumbfuckery; she voted for Obama.