Thumbs up to wolfy4661. Even though you went political, you kept it humorous. Usually people post things like:
"That's why I'm so aggressive as a member of the (Insert name of my party). Since all the idiots in (Insert name of opposing party) are going to hate me anyway, I just pick the quickest route."
In addition to the workspace and politics, this (albeit flawed) logic also works for religion. But not so much for deciding on pizza. ("I can't beleive you ordered Vegetable Medley. Now I hate you.")
But we can all agree on extra bacon. Or else I hate you.
The shutdown vs. listen arguement comes down to the person who wants to make suggestions:
someone you respect: listen
boss' nephew: sit there and look attentive, tell him that those are some good thoughts
the department jerk: shut him down, you will have the admiration of your coworkers
everyone else: engineer's choice
Ok it is the presidential silly season here in the States and it is becoming surreal, like it always does. I really don't care for either of my choices for president. After looking at this cartoon strip today I have decided that Dilbert is my choice. Yeah I know he is a cartoon but his matter of fact, no nonsense approach is great. That is what we need in politics now days. It wouldn't be a pretty presidency but at least something would get done.
Re ESTz. It's great to think that you are right all the time and smarter than everyone else. It's great to imagine that managers are all talentless fools. Dilbert is popular precisely because people love to empathise with a character "just like them". Even if really, they know it isn't actually true :P