At the risk of ruining his on-line reputation The Count has to report that in "real life" he is not a combative person. Don't get me wrong. I am well aware of coming to the conclusion that the person I am talking to a shithead however unlike with online conversations I do not say wow you're really a shithead and start a row. I think it and walk away never to have anything to do with the offending shithead again. Sometimes when you're dealing with family and friends who are grabbing on to their inner shithead often times walking away and ignoring them is not an option. Neither is shaking them and asking what the fuck is wrong with you shithead? Sometimes it's an extremely awkward position to be in wanting to tell family or friends to get their heads out of their asses.
Somehow a wonderful conversation with in-laws turned into a conversation on those evil greedy teachers in Wisconsin who are making too much money because of their evil unions. Just minutes later the same person was telling me how evil the occupy losers are and how great those bankers are. The same person who told me the teachers were greedy told me that he was on the side of the bankers because "this is America and a person should be allowed to make as much money as they can".
First of all I am not entirely on the side of the occupy crowd. I agree with much of what they stand for but not all of it. Let's just say they have great ideals and wonder goals but their entire premise is not grounded in reality. I am 70% 80% in league with Occupy name city here but not 100% It was just assumed I was 100% in agreement because of my politics. Still I kept my cool and pointed out the seeming hypocrisy of saying the teachers making at most $50,000 are greedy and the bankers making millions are capitalist heroes. I asked how one could validate the seemingly contradicting positions. I am sure the answer I was given was great and made total sense to somebody somewhere they sounded like...well complete bullshit to me.
So how did I win the argument with out losing my shit? Ok how did I end the argument with out losing my shit? After I let my wonderful In-law explain his talking points fresh from Fox And Friends I said to him...
Man did the Vikings sure looked God Awful the other night didn't they? It worked.