I hate presidential election years.
Invariably patients shift their small talk from families, weather, and vacations to politics.
These are nice people, generally speaking, but in election years I get to listen to all manner of unexpectedly hateful rhetoric from both sides of the fence and even sometimes from the middle.
Truthfully, I don’t want to see this side of some of these people. I want to like all of them. Sometimes they open their mouths, though, and I cannot believe what comes out.
Just last week:
“…those undocumented liberal voting workers…”
“Obama is Satan himself.”
“Trump is going to tell the truth. There is hope for us yet!”
And it is only just getting started, folks. We haven’t even made it through the primaries yet.
Maintaining the appearance of political neutrality is challenging. Telling bigotted, ignorant people to shut up and go to hell in a kind, caring, non-offensive way that does not reflect negatively on my patient satisfaction scores is exhausting.