|Whenever people bring up any type of politics in a discussion, I usually keep my mouth shut and refuse to share my opinion. It's not that I don't have an opinion. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don't. The reason I don't talk is because I don't want to add anything to a conversation that's doomed from the start. Based on my experience, the overwhelmingly vast majority of people are not only unqualified to give their opinion on politics, but they're also completely biased and usually just plain wrong.
Let me explain. I'm an engineer. When I hear people talking about math and physics, I'm at least slightly qualified to give my input. But when I hear people talking about brain surgery, I'm unqualified to speak on the subject because I don't know enough about it to give an intelligent opinion. It's the same with the average person and politics. Sure, it's quite possible to have a working knowledge of politics based on watching the news and reading some newspapers. But overall, the average person doesn't know enough about politics and the way the world works to give an intelligent opinion (me included).
Politics is a biased field. That's the nature of the beast. Nothing's neutral. It can't be. That's why politics was (were?) invented (huh?). So any subject that's discussed and any topic that's mentioned has an opinion attached to it. It's hard to have an intelligent discussion about George W. Bush when a supporter can see no wrong and an opponent can see no right. It would be different if people didn't make up their minds based on a small amount of information. But that's the way it happens, so most political discussions (or arguments, depending on how loud they are) are deadlocked from the start.
Since most people don't do much research on political topics and their opinions are affected by their preconceptions, they're often just plain wrong. This is another reason why I don't spew out my opinions in the midst of political discussions: I don't know the whole story and I'm not completely sure of my facts. (This is also why I usually don't talk much about creation vs. evolution. There's a lot of information out there, but it's hard to get reliable information when it's biased by either religion or science. Plus, I just don't have the desire to sift through information sometimes.) So in this murky lack-of-information pond, people are all too willing to spread false information and argue half-truths.
In the end, I get a little annoyed whenever people give their stupid political opinions. My purpose in these conversations is to change the topic as soon as possible. Nothing good can come from a political discussion. Except maybe a fist fight. #politics