Politics (noun) as used in public statements: petty preoccupation of people likely to disagree with your politics.
"There'll be time for talk and debate later. This is the time, this is the day for decisive action. We can't wait for the next unspeakable crime to happen before we act. We can't lose precious time debating legislation that won't work. We mustn't allow politics or personal prejudice to divide us. We must act now."
- Wayne LaPierre, NRA Press Conference
"...we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."
- Barack Obama, Statement by the President on the School Shooting in Newtown, CT