One of the basic rules of networking is to avoid four heavy topics: sex, money, religion and politics. For Americans, sex is an easy topic to avoid. Politics on the other hand are impossible to avoid.
The country breathes politics. Driving around for ten minutes, you will see bumper stickers that confirm every stereotype there is about Americans (probably also because loud, annoying, biased and hard-headed people like bumper stickers the most). When I was in California, I saw a lady walking around in a shirt that said: ‘Slaves had their healthcare taken care of too’. Although I wondered why she was proud of a country that takes better care of its slaves than its poor, I didn’t ask. Also, I know I am biased, no need to point that one out.
Besides the bumper sticker madness, there was room for hand fans saying ‘Republicans are cool’, giant billboards and forcing opinions when in normal conversations. I didn’t mind any of those. I’m just not used to it. Even in my class, I don’t know about most peoples voting preferences, but in Missouri I could sometimes find out in about two minutes. Of course, you don’t have to chose from over ten different parties, so that does make it easier to define someone’s party. It’s a subject that will present itself anywhere you go. As I’m planning to come over in the 2012 summer, I have one thing to tell you: bring it on for 2012. Entertain me.