I was at my local pub last night trying to avoid any and all talks of politics. It went well for the first few hours, but for some reason a bar full of drunk fools decided to watch the repeat of the presidential debate last night. Something I’ve learned is you never mix bars with politics. It’s just a recipe for disaster given you have alcohol and angry people in the same room with differing views.
Take this example, a couple of friends were in a bar harping on McCain and his choice of VP, they started in on his ability to lead and pointed at his time in as a POW as not how not to fight a war. Now observe the man at the end of the bar, silently fuming, you can visibly see his anger and hatred for the two friends rising, and yet he doesn’t say anything. The two friends continue on ragging on McCain and the man on the corner continues to get more and more pissed. Finally the two friends have gone far enough and the man at the end of the bar shouts “SHUT THE FUCK UP!” He then tries to pay and the bartender, who in a wise move pays for the angry mans beer, and leave. He doesn’t tell his story, he doesn’t explain to the others in the bar his point of view, all he does is get angry.
When you hear that story all you can think of is why did he get so pissed? Was he a POW? Was he a solider at some point in his life? Why is he so angry? These are all questions that could be asked, but he’s gone now. The lesson is you never know who you’re drinking with and you should keep you politics to yourself.
Now you have to ask yourself why do a bunch of middle of the road people sit in a bar and shout at each other about who they’re going to vote for. The reality is I don’t really care about it. I know who I’ll vote for, I’m not going to force that view on anyone else. Why should they care who I vote for? Why should I care who they vote for? We’re all people and are all entitled to our opinions, just like the angry man, if he had just stopped to tell his story instead of just getting pissed don’t you think he could have avoided being pissed off at a couple of people who don’t have to agree with his point of view, but could be swayed with conversation instead of anger?
As far as the presidential debate, basically it looks like McCain had a few mini strokes while speaking and frankly that scares the crap out of me that his choice of VP, one of the dumbest humans on the planet, could be one heart attack away from leading the country even further down the shitter. At least Obama doesn’t appear to be entrenched in the “system” as much as McCain. Maybe that simple fact means he would be the better option.