Let’s not let politics tear us apart, OK? Seven talking points on family and politics.
To pull back the shade on my personal life a tad: Despite going out of my way to not touch the issue, politics has become so heated amongst family and friends that I’ve had to cut some people off entirely … at least until Wednesday. (I’ve had to block people from calling/texting my phone. It was that bad.) No matter who wins, my relationship shouldn’t change with these people. I blog about politics a lot, but when it comes to my friends and family, I would rather know about how their lives are going.
I was discussing this issue with some good friends last night, and how much it was stressing me out, because I don’t want to argue with people I really care about regarding politics. They mentioned hearing a report on NPR about this very issue, and how it was tearing apart families. This is wrong. And I want to help.
So in an effort to own the issue, I came up with some talking points. If someone is disowning you over your political views, use these:
- one There is room for conservatives and liberals to sit at the same table and talk about the upcoming season of Arrested Development. Or your kids. Or the fact that they just took Buckyballs off the market. Or your job. Or anything other than politics.
- two Being a Barack Obama supporter — or even an implied one — doesn’t make you a socialist. You’re allowed to have your opinion.
- three Being a Mitt Romney supporter — or even an implied one — doesn’t automatically make you a jerk who doesn’t care about people. You’re allowed to have your opinion, too.
- four Votes don’t work like line-item vetoes, so you’re allowed to vote for someone even if you disagree with their marijuana policy, their foreign policy, their gay-rights policy, or their stance on abortion. It does not make you a terrible person that you vote for someone based on 51 percent of what they represent — nor should you be treated like you support 100 percent of their policy.
- five They aren’t on the hook for sharing their opinions, and you aren’t on the hook for sharing yours. And don’t read into it if they don’t choose to share.
- six Rush Limbaugh hasn’t been there for birthdays, weddings or graduations. You may share many of Rachel Maddow’s views, but you’ve never shared any good memories with Rachel unless you’re a good friend of hers. That person you’re disowning over their political views? They’ve totally been there for you, and you’re not giving them enough credit.
- seven If you can’t handle the idea that a strong relationship shouldn’t be affected by your politics, don’t expect people to be in any rush to deal with you. That includes on Facebook and Twitter.
When someone close to you asks who you’re voting for on Tuesday and you don’t want to talk politics, I recommend this answer: "I’m voting for Vermin Supreme.” SHUT. IT. DOWN.
- Ernie @ ShortFormBlog
P.S.: Just to make this clear — this is purely in regards to political stances, not social issues which may directly affect family members, such as gay rights.
253 Notes/ Hide
- tinfoilstork likes this
- econtacted likes this
- mushroom-sandwich likes this
- teennakedmodels likes this
- aubrey-jernberg reblogged this from gov
- aubrey-jernberg likes this
- comingupwurlsisnotmything likes this
- scrumbucket reblogged this from gov and added:
- and-dirtyfeet reblogged this from gov
- what-a-way-to-disney reblogged this from gov
- aves-de-paso likes this
- inuyashalovek likes this
- worldofmeowcraft likes this
- dangerousperson likes this
- scribblecollage likes this
- palindromez reblogged this from gov
- darkspines reblogged this from gov
- noonsandgoons reblogged this from gov
- thewinterbabe likes this
- purplegiraffes88 reblogged this from shortformblog
- hydrangeamaiden likes this
- captaincaelyn likes this
- melodicheart30 likes this
- endlessthreadbaredays reblogged this from gov
- darth-discord reblogged this from gov
- schwayfrood likes this
- gosuserarchive likes this
- doomy reblogged this from gov
- thedemonshade likes this
- onggiavu reblogged this from stevenmannn
- vulgar-librarian likes this
- quitemajorly reblogged this from gov
- vyoi reblogged this from stevenmannn
- notoriouslyme reblogged this from gov
- irimonster reblogged this from gov
- thebookmaiden reblogged this from gov
- peachypackrat likes this
- service-error likes this
- stevenmannn reblogged this from gov
- greenbreeches likes this
- aaronmcder reblogged this from gov
- fitzzsimmonss likes this
- injektiloj reblogged this from gov and added:
- debatron likes this
- rnorganfreedude likes this
- deep-dish-pizza likes this
- i-will-lift-you-higher reblogged this from gov
- bjcasillas likes this
- bloooooondie reblogged this from gov
- musicologist012 likes this