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I work for a small business owner. He's done very well having opened up his first "shop" in 1966. His business has grown over the years and in the 1990s I became a customer at his shop.

Over the years we developed a good relationship as customer and shop owner. On a few occastions he offered me a job. The problem was that he offered me a job at paltry wages so I never even considered working for him.

I would be an asset in his business as I know a little about a lot shall we say? In other aspects I knew more then he did and this could be beneficial to his business. Still, the offers he made of employment were an insult basically.

Finally about 4 years ago he made me a real offer because he really needed help.

A chance meeting as it were as, at the time, I was working in the painting and drywall industry. All new construction and we were busy till the sheets hit the fan.

New construction died (all Obama's fault of course) and it was going to get tight in my household.

I wandered into the shop to buy supples as I figured I'd have to start selling. OK, I'll leave it at that.

When I wandered in the precious metal prices were rising and we deal in those where I work. He looked at me and told me "I could use some help". I told him "I could use some work".

So now he had to make me a real offer. He did. I accepted and, unlike so many others, actually have a job. I have no insurance or benefits but I'm working and basically really like what I do.

EXCEPT FOR ONE THING.

I'm surrounded by right wing morons. Basically old ones at that and a bunch of friggin racists. Proud racists at that.

Let's start of off with the young one. Smart as hell and a few monthts older than me (gonna be 50 this month).
Wears a Ron Paul for President hat and, yup, a proud racist.
Hard core local Tea Party as well.
Damn shame. He knows his stuff but everything is black and white.
Dems are a bunch of Socialists to him except for the Commies. Geez!

Then we have the two ladies that work there. Both in their late 60s. In our last election one was pulling for Hillary till she lost then it was all about Sarah. Nuff said?

The other was busy watching Glenn Beck with her husband and sure as hell would never vote for a "nigger". THis is also a woman that goes to Graceland every year to pay tribue to Elvis. NEWS FLASH. HE'S DEAD!!!

Finally the boss. I do a lot of research for him on the computer cuz he's an idiot when it comes to that. The radio is right by my side. I get to listen to fine people like Rush all the time. He buys it hook, line and sinker.

The worst was when he asked my co worker who to vote for in the last election even though he'll spout the garbabe he hears all day to any customer.
He also hates "niggers".

So how do I deal with this folks?
Patience really is a virtue.

I keep my mouth shut and let the "niggers" babble. After all, the REAL definition of a nigger (to me anyway) is an ignorant person. Holy Shit! I'm surrounded by them!

Bottom line is this. I could argue with folks like this every day but why waste my time on morons?
Let them form their own idiotic views. As it stands now at work they all really seem to hate Romney and Newt. They love Ron Paul.
Good. Paul and Newt are toast and Mitt will be when it counts.

I reckon I'll vote for President Obama again. They'll never know it though.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    Blanket statements are for IDIOTS until the IDIOT in question can back it up.

    by HoosierDebsOleMan on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 09:56:19 PM PST

  •  Boy I couldn't stand it! One use of the *n* word (5+ / 0-)

    and they'd get a verbal lashing they'd never forget.

    Don't know how you do it.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 10:04:11 PM PST

    •  The N word (1+ / 0-)
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      Creosote

      Dealing with the N word is very easy actually.

      I use it at work as well. Damn niggers don't know why though as the people I use it with are white niggers.

      They're just too ignorant to know what the word really means to me.

      Blanket statements are for IDIOTS until the IDIOT in question can back it up.

      by HoosierDebsOleMan on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 10:32:20 PM PST

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  •  I don't know how you do it either, or why. (1+ / 0-)
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    my2petpeeves

    I have a job, but my wife has been out of work for 6 months. Money is getting REALLY tight. But I'd rather be homeless than have her work for people like that. That kind of negative energy is contagious. Life is too short as it is, than to have people like that make it shorter.

    If those of us on the left who are so proud of our liberal stances and activism fail to champion the cause of Native Americans we are deficient. --- Denise Oliver Velez

    by Bill in MD on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 10:12:35 PM PST

    •  Homeless (3+ / 0-)
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      mrsgoo, Creosote, hlsmlane

      Well sir I'd prefer not to be homeless myself.

      This is no knock on you believe me but one can look at a glass as half empty or half full right?

      In my case the glass is over half full. I have a job. I have my house and I have my wife and dog.
      I also have an idiot boss and somewhat idiotic co workers.

      I have the opportunity to observe stupidity as well. It makes me think and thinking is a good thing.

      Thinking is something that evades people that I observe at times it would seem.
      Oft times these are people higher in the "food chain" in any particlar business.

      Therefore,
      Sometimes "working for the man" can be a useful thing (especially if you're hungry).

      Only by "working for the man" can one see how it really works, what is wrong, what are the weaknesses and assess how to correct same.

      It sucks but that's how it works IMHO. I have a high tolerance for idiocy so I learn every day.

      Blanket statements are for IDIOTS until the IDIOT in question can back it up.

      by HoosierDebsOleMan on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 11:11:57 PM PST

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      •  Yep, we all need to have a high tolerance for (1+ / 0-)
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        Creosote

        idiocy, otherwise it will eat you alive! You seems like a pretty pragmatic guy mrhoosierdeb! mrgoo has been taking a little more interest in the KOS but I don't think he'll ever be up for an account. He's having far too much fun dogging the folks that are advocating turning our delta into a swamp on the newspaper web sites. For an old mechanic, he is getting much better at internet research and I caught him today referencing his new "bible" - Cadillac Desert in order to refute a bullsheeite argument.

        "We're here to start a dialog, nothing more. We keep quiet and let the press, the politicians, and the Wall Streeters hang themselves." From a veteran protester in the civil rights days at Liberty Park. h/t to pistols at dawn.

        by mrsgoo on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 11:20:50 PM PST

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  •  HoosierD - you likely have two choices (1+ / 0-)
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    mrsgoo

    Stay quiet or find a new job.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 10:43:31 PM PST

    •  Staying Quiet (3+ / 0-)
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      luckylizard, Creosote, VClib

      Actually staying quiet is more fun.

      I like my job and it's amazing what crap gets spewed at work.

      Blanket statements are for IDIOTS until the IDIOT in question can back it up.

      by HoosierDebsOleMan on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 11:40:57 PM PST

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      •  "it's amazing what crap gets spewed..." (0+ / 0-)

        For those of you with kids, I'd like to point out that the same is true at school.  There is nothing amazing about it, either.  It's totally predictable.  Anything and everything you say within earshot of your children is as likely as not to be "shared" at some point at school.  Any person who's spent a few hours in a classroom will validate this statement.

        Sorry for the semi-hijack, but you raised a great point upon which I had to build a little.  :-)

        -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

        by luckylizard on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 03:45:10 AM PST

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  •  In a similiar but opposite situation. I'm the (7+ / 0-)

    business owner and I have to deal with that from customers. The DH and I usually just let them rant and pick at them with a few well placed questions. You're probably not gonna change 'em but sometimes you can give them something to think about. As far as the N word goes - nope, the way we handle that is to just give them a hard look and not say a word. That usually gets the point across that it's unacceptable. We have customers of all colors and racial bashing is not tolerated here. Usually, the N word goes hand in hand with Obama bashing and I must thankfully admit, it's pretty rare. Most of our regular customers have figured out that we lean left. Ok, I'm hard left and hubbie leans. LOL! My biggest problem is the ones that blame everything and I mean everything on illegal immigration. That seems to be kinda popular here in CA.

    "We're here to start a dialog, nothing more. We keep quiet and let the press, the politicians, and the Wall Streeters hang themselves." From a veteran protester in the civil rights days at Liberty Park. h/t to pistols at dawn.

    by mrsgoo on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 11:13:06 PM PST

    •  I'm waiting for (3+ / 0-)
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      fumie, luckylizard, isabelle hayes

      The first time my boss uses the N word and finds out the white person he's talking to is married to a black person.

      He's stupid enough believe me. Hell, I might set him up on this one.

      Blanket statements are for IDIOTS until the IDIOT in question can back it up.

      by HoosierDebsOleMan on Sun Jan 15, 2012 at 11:46:56 PM PST

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      •  Right on! (0+ / 0-)

        I've used that one.
        I'm a redhead with gray, very caucasian looking, proud possessor of a Scottish sun tan (deepens to beige at midsummer).
        I love watching a shithead swallow his own face when I "inform" them that "the sweetest woman I ever knew was my black-as-coal grandmother, and they aren't talking about my Gramma, are they?!

        I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

        by labradog on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 04:38:44 AM PST

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  •  Every Time....I Mean Every Single Time (1+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes

    they used the "N" word, they would get an "excuse me" & a hard look.  Followed up by "what did you say?"

    Every chance I got I would talk about Osama bin Laden & who killed him.  They slam Obama, I start talking up Osama bin Laden.  

    I'd be a one trick pony......in the sweetest little voice so they couldn't fire me.  I'd sweet them to death.

  •  This word shouldn't be part of any human beings (2+ / 0-)
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    luckylizard, my2petpeeves

    Vocabulary.  This word has historical conotations.

    After all, the REAL definition of a nigger (to me anyway) is an ignorant person. Holy Shit! I'm surrounded by them!

    under any circumstances

    "I drank what?!" -Socrates

    by bagman on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 12:45:10 AM PST

    •  I am 62. If I had even LOOKED (1+ / 0-)
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      AnnieR

      like I was going to say that word, I'd still be tasting soap.  My mother would have made me chew up the whole damned bar of it!

      -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

      by luckylizard on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 03:49:04 AM PST

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  •  As someone who has been looking for work for (2+ / 0-)
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    Creosote, isabelle hayes

    a year and a half, and will be without a place to live at the end of February if I don't find something soon, as hard as it would be, I would put up with the hateful rhetoric just for the food and shelter aspect.  It's awful, sure, but the possibility of being homeless would be worse.  I'd take a job surrounded by ignoramuses in a heartbeat.  That's just the sad fact.   And the sadder fact is you could lose that job if you let on where your true feelings lie.  The right wing is getting more rabid and I wouldn't take a chance.  Though I have to admit by the end of the day I would want to hit something with my car due to built up frustration with ignorance.  Good luck.

    "They love the founding fathers so much they will destroy everything they created and remake it in Rush Limbaughs image." MinistryofTruth, 9/29/11

    by AnnieR on Mon Jan 16, 2012 at 04:52:28 AM PST

    •  I am often in the position the diarist describes (3+ / 0-)
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      AnnieR, Creosote, isabelle hayes

      except for one major way, I am not depending on those folks for my job or their business.  That being said I have been speaking up for a very long time and 100% of the time.  The way I say it is just to identify myself.  I tell them that I have very different views and explain.  I guess I approach it as my being up front enough to make sure they have all the information before they continue.  Most of the time people don't continue.  Probably all I achieve is letting people know their's is not the only view and that perfectly normal and polite people completely disagree with them.  Its harder to vilify someone perhaps when you have met them face to face.  I don't try to evangelize.  If they do however I stand up for my convictions and use all the pivoting techniques and my studies of what makes people tick in my area to bring up subjects in a way that I think they can relate to.  In fact  ironically this is an opening that these folks unwittingly and unintentionally provide.

      Also I find an advantage in being in such a minority in my views.  I can't be threatening because I have no power in their eyes.  They feel surrounded by like minded people so I can't make a dent in their world.  Where I think the real power lies is in being courageous enough to say something because I suspect there is a little respect garnered for doing that at least and that begins to break through the demonization process.

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