This kicks off the liner notes for my 2015 album Badass Plaid…
Happy 420. Here is an attempt at being anthemic. An old song’s 2nd version.
“Never discuss politics or religion at the dinner table,” so the saying goes. I spent a few minutes trying to track down the origin of this idiom without success. I did find several discussion boards where posters intimate that their mothers told them that. I’m left to assume this is a saying as old as these two institutions.
In case you haven’t noticed, people regularly ignore this idiom in the context of politics in two situations (I shall willfully ignore the “religion” part in this essay):
- In a meatspace social situation, when they assume their viewpoints match those of their present company; or
- on social media.
There is, however, a conundrum: Breaking this idiom consistently underscores the efficacy of it. Emotions, assumptions, and overconfidence lead to name calling, ridicule, career-ending bloviating, and even violence.
Why break the idiom at all, then?
Just on the border of honesty and political correctness, John Prine is a legendary songwriter who is sweet, respected, and downright badass. If he were to fight Bob Dylan, he would jab him to the ground in 7 seconds, then write a song about it… the next day. Continue reading
In this episode, I pay homage to my favorite TV show, Survivor.