On one hand it would be good to be able to have sensible conversations about topics that truly do affect our daily lives, our collective future, and the profession’s ability to thrive, but on the other hand, it seems that very few people are interested in changing their viewpoints; or even engaging (listening to the other side) in conversation.
People seem to cling to their positions or pet issues regardless of common sense or rationality, so it’s probably best to keep politics out of the office.
(Full Disclosure: I had a candidate MAGNET on my vehicle during the last presidential election) I agree with most others that politics and bumper stickers need to stay out of the work enviroment. BUT the problem is not with the political leanings or beliefs of others. I welcome conversation with others with a different opinion.
In my opinion, the problem lies solely with the inability to debate different points of view with civility. Most politicians attack or immediately goes on the defensive. People lash onto insignificant facts that don’t matter. They never take a long view. Our politicians continue to go ever more negative and the grinding sound you hear is our government coming to a standstill. No debate, no resolution, no civility and no final decisions. Talking heads and media have only aided in making the process that much more negative. I am paraphrasing Representative Emanual Cleaver II but “Would you tell your children or the next generation of leaders to watch CSPAN to learn how to effectively debate a topic and come to a solution? No one would.”
So until civility returns (and I don’t believe it will) I will refrain from discussing politics at work and keep my activism on my private time.