Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Workplace Etiquette: Politics or No?

This whole thing stems from an encounter at lunch today where I was forced (because I only had a few minutes before I had to go back to making widgets), to keep quiet and just nuke my food while listening to some guy lecture another guy about how wrong he was for buying in to Obama.

Now, the fact that this guy is clearly an ardent McCain supporter does not bother me. It was the fact that he felt the need to lecture someone else in a workplace setting. The thing is, I don't care who you vote for. I just want you to return the favor by not caring who I vote for. And if you can't do that, at least spew out some salient (and completely true) reasons why someone should change their minds.

This guy?

"He hangs around a known terrorist who got off scot-free! His mentor in Hawaii is a communist! The term community organizer has communist origins! He's a Socialist!"

I did a silent cheer when the lecturee pointed out that socialism is an economic term, not a political one, and the U.S. is more socialist in its economics then some communist countries.

Lecturer's response? "Oh yeah? Who's the biggest Fascist you can think of?"

Not. Kidding.

But my question is this: Is politics something that should be brought up at work? And if so, should there be some kind of informal line drawn?