For the record, I didn't start this conversation, and I tried to stay out of it. This was a work function for Lady Chemistry, and I was on my Best-Regular behavior.* I remained calm and quiet while the Raging Conservative Tool repeatedly said, "I hate Obama." The host said, "hate is a really strong word, with lots of connotations..." "I hate Obama," repeated the RCT. I politely continued the conversation about whatever I had been discussing with my dinner neighbor.
Despite all my attempts to remain calm and talk about something else, I was dragged into a conversation about politics. When pressed about why I support Obama, I said that I could not conscience voting for a couple men who insist that women be second-class citizens. The RCT, a woman, laughed this off.
I tried to keep it reasonable, and give her something we could agree on, and talk about how Congress used to compromise to get things done. She credited this all to Reagan, and Clinton moving to the center. I refrained from saying that Clinton wouldn't have had to move to the center if the Republicans would be willing to compromise anything. I was trying to defuse the conversation so we could go back to talking about fun stuff.
I tried to tie in the previous topic to the fact that it doesn't really matter what the Presidential candidates want to do domestically because of the deep divide and lack of compromise. The only important aspect of any Presidential candidate is how they can handle foreign affairs, but she said that the whole issue really comes down to what the role of government is.
"The government's only role is to protect us from foreign invaders," she claimed, with a hint of victory in her voice. I completely disagreed, as the Constitution clearly states otherwise. She claimed that "if you really read it, that is all it says." She could point out no specific phrase to support her view. I then threw manners out the window, and said, "well, let's get rid of the Bill of Rights because that has nothing to do with protecting us from foreign invaders." She shrugged. Let's toss out all the laws that prevent the poor from kicking in your door, killing you, and stealing your stuff. That has nothing to do with protecting us from foreign invaders. If that is the sum total of any government's role, then let's go for it.
She then claimed that it doesn't matter what she thinks because she can retire tomorrow and be set for the rest of her life. She's out, and nothing will prevent her from living in luxury for the rest of her days. It doesn't really matter to her who wins because she is done. I said, "no wonder you like Paul Ryan, he has the same ideals. He is set for life thanks to Social Security, so let's get rid of it."
The final thing that I held back from saying, for only the sake of making Lady Chemistry's worklife easier, was if she is truly done, and it doesn't matter to her comfort who wins, THEN WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU VOTING?
* I shouldn't need to explain this, but there are varying degrees of best behavior. Best-Chuckles (for blogging, being funny, maybe a little insightful), Best-Regular (for regular, non-Genius, non-chuckles levels of best), Best-Genius (for seriously bringing it hard and smart).