Thanksgiving dinner and politics

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Thanksgiving dinner and politics

Post by Roadmaster » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:00 am

We're so divided some families can't set their differences aside for a holiday meal. I know this first-hand. Can we even discuss this without getting into politics? I hope so.
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Re: Thanksgiving dinner and politics

Post by Hovannes » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:23 am

When I was growing up, my dad and my uncle were at opposite ends but holidays were always full of laughter and fun.
Politically it was don't ask---don't tell I do remember good spirited political discussions, but never during family gatherings.
It may have been a gentleman's agreement or something.
These days there aren't any filters, it seems, and I find I'm stressing over who and who not to invite for The Bird.
I agree it shouldn't be like this.
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Re: Thanksgiving dinner and politics

Post by JimVH » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:48 am

When the conversation moves to politics I move to the kids table.
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Re: Thanksgiving dinner and politics

Post by tuttle » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:52 am

I'm always sad to hear that families can't (or stress about the) get together on the holidays due to political disagreements.

I assume when families explode over the holidays that there's probably more baggage than mere politics at play; that politics are basically the match thrown on an already gasoline doused history.

I'm thankful that politics has never been a divisive issue for my family during the holidays.
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Re: Thanksgiving dinner and politics

Post by gaining_age » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:03 am

Best to reminisce ... it's family.
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Re: Thanksgiving dinner and politics

Post by Del » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:09 am

There are a dozen grandchildren of Pipeson and Cigarson's generation.

Some of them passed through a phase of liberal values, but most of those have seen through that by now.

A decade or so ago, "liberals" and "conservatives" could have some heated family discussions over Obamacare.

But anymore, honest liberals (folks who believe in liberty and tolerance) are troubled by the leftward surge of the Democratic Party. Honest liberals are more at home in the Republican Party, where those values are still valued. We can find a lot of common ground to enjoy.


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Re: Thanksgiving dinner and politics

Post by Roadmaster » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:33 am

Bad idea on my part sorry.
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