He walks into my office and takes a seat. I have not seen him for months, many months I think. We chat about his grandchildren, my daughter, the work he is now doing for us
And then we move to politics.
Politics, for me, is a can of worms. It is something I rarely discuss unless there is something happening, a news story, or it is the true topic being discussed in a group of friends.
Politics - a touchy subject at best. I was raised to never discuss politics or religion at the table. I guess I take it a bit further in that I rarely discuss either outside of an academic context.
And here we are, discussing politics.
Having worked with him for years, we both know that our conversation will be unemotional and not taken personally. No one will have hurt feelings when the chat is over.
Eventually the conversation moves to Oliver North, Sandy Burger, and Scooter Libby....
"Does one give loyalty to President or country?" (Country being the welfare and security of the Constitution, government, American way of life etc)
Ideally, the two should be one in the same, but when they are not...
I do not hesitate in answering the question that I posed to him as a statement and offer here as a question. The answer seemed clear cut then. After contemplation, I would answer it in the same fashion.
There is a brief, but notable pause in the conversation.
His eyes twinkle and we both start looking around the room - at the walls, ceiling, door
"Good thing the walls don't have ears..."