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June 22, 2005

Sissy & Politics

There is one thing that you have never seen on my blog and you may never see it again; me talking about politics. And there is a reason for it.

I will not talk about politics or debate unless I feel like I am fully educated on the subject. That will not keep me from asking questions, because I am at times interested. But other than that, it is not a subject that leaves these lips very often.

I don't talk about what I don't know about. And I refuse to act like I do know what I'm talking about when I don't. If I haven't taken the time to look into a particular subject, then I don't get to act like I know anything about it.

An example might clear this up:

One of my sales reps, back when I was a manager, started talking to me and some others about the war. Now, I may not talk politics, but I will not tolerate ignorance from others either.

She started talking about how stupid Bush was, that it was stupid for us to be at war just for oil, and our troops were wrong for being there. I just about went balistic, but had to bite my toungue as she was my employee. But I did not let the situation go. I explained to her the actual reason why we were at war and that supporting our troops does not have to mean you support the war. You can support the men and women over there fighting for your right to your expression of your opinion without agreeing or even knowing why they are there.

My thought afterward was that she was not educated on the subject. If you are going to make a statement, support it with facts. If you want to disagree with what's going on, support it with facts of why. Don't jump on the bandwagon of other ignorant people that sound good because they are passionate. Listen for facts and truth and make your opinions off that.

I digress. What made me think of this is today, as I was driving by the South Carolina Capitol building, there were protesters outside. Not unusual. But one young, white, scruffy, dope head had a sign that sayd "Free Sadaam"

I didn't even know this was a topic up for debate! I thought this was something most American's agreed upon. But again, I don't know details and I don't know facts.

So I'm asking to be educated....why would someone want Sadaam free? What have I not seen on the news and in the newspaper.

Posted by Sissy at June 22, 2005 09:20 PM

So one of us can run him down with our car in broad day light, dragging him and tearing him limb from limb until he finally dies a slow grizzly death, however not slow enough to make up for the massive quantities of people he tortured, maimed, r-a-ped and killed.

Or... maybe not. ;-)

Posted by: Bou at June 22, 2005 09:20 PM

I want Saddam free... with a five minute head start before we mount up and hunt him down for sport...

Naahh, make that a 10 minute lead for the dorito munching asshole...

Posted by: Graumagus at June 22, 2005 09:23 PM

Oh yeah, never overlook the sheer pleasure of arguing about something you know nothing about.

I'm not talking about sujects you kinda know about, I mean things that you're completely ignorant of (Also known as the Cliff Clavin school of debate)

Of course it's mandatory to laugh and let your target know you're full of crap just.. before... their.. heads.. explode...

Posted by: Graumagus at June 22, 2005 09:25 PM

Could be part of the latest media spin - "sure he WAS a brutal butcher, but look at him NOW, just a weak, helpless old man."

Posted by: Harvey at June 23, 2005 12:54 PM