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12-11-2015, 08:44 PM
Advice Needed on Talking Politics w/ Family
Hi,

Was wondering if anyone has advice about what to say to religious conservative family members when they ask about politics... Specifically for close family that you'd like to keep the peace with.

For example I don't even know what to say to this question :

Who are you voting for? (they'll flip if you say any non conservative)

Is there a way to not answer that and not sound like I'm hiding something?

If anyone recommends answering honestly then how do I deal with the bombardment that will surely follow?

Note: I've answered honestly before my views changed, when I still somewhat agreed with them.

Please just let me know what you recommend... Any advice is appreciated cause this topic can not be avoided with these family members. 90% of their interests /life revolves around fundamentalist religion and politics.

Thanks Smile
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12-11-2015, 09:51 PM
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I typically don't talk to my family about politics. Some of them are extremely conservative. It only ends in arguments and hurt feelings. If they ask, I'll just change the subject or just say let's just talk about something else since I know we don't agree on xyz issue.

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12-11-2015, 10:24 PM
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Q: If anyone recommends answering honestly then how do I deal with the bombardment that will surely follow?
A: you can honestly tell them: "I don't want to talk about politics".
what is going to happen if you tell them this?

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13-11-2015, 07:06 AM
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(12-11-2015 08:44 PM)Beckaliz Wrote:  Who are you voting for? (they'll flip if you say any non conservative)

(Probably) best answer: "I'd rather not discus politics."

Safe, but (potentially) dishonest answer: "I'm still deciding."

Non-answer #1: "Look over there!" *runs away*

Non-answer #2: "This steak is delicious! What'd you use to season it?"

Non-answer #3: "The smart one."

Lie answer that might shut them up: "I'm torn between Rubio and Cruz at the moment. They both make good points."

Troll answer: "Sadly, Sanders. I was hoping for a real Communist, but a Democratic Socialist is best I'm going to get in 2016."


Best of luck to you, and welcome to the forums! I advocate one of the first of the two answers I posted.
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13-11-2015, 07:20 AM
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(12-11-2015 08:44 PM)Beckaliz Wrote:  Hi,

Was wondering if anyone has advice about what to say to religious conservative family members when they ask about politics... Specifically for close family that you'd like to keep the peace with.

For example I don't even know what to say to this question :

Who are you voting for? (they'll flip if you say any non conservative)

Is there a way to not answer that and not sound like I'm hiding something?

If anyone recommends answering honestly then how do I deal with the bombardment that will surely follow?

Note: I've answered honestly before my views changed, when I still somewhat agreed with them.

Please just let me know what you recommend... Any advice is appreciated cause this topic can not be avoided with these family members. 90% of their interests /life revolves around fundamentalist religion and politics.

Thanks Smile

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13-11-2015, 08:12 PM
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Wear a Che Guevara shirt and tell them it's Jesus.

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13-11-2015, 08:24 PM
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(12-11-2015 08:44 PM)Beckaliz Wrote:  Who are you voting for? (they'll flip if you say any non conservative)

"I'm sorry, I don't discuss politics,"

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13-11-2015, 10:57 PM
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Change the subject to something that makes them really uncomfortable. Make up some story about having dreams about animal penises or something. They'll never bring it up again.

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14-11-2015, 02:44 AM
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Thanks for all the responses. I'm actually taking about other half's parents and I can only get away with so many smart ass comments without causing problems for my poor guy. I've told them many many times I'm not comfortable discussing politics and religion but it's all they know... Which also makes distraction and changing subjects quite difficult. My SO doesn't know how to respond anymore either and he's the one who use to answer honestly but has changed over the years to being a liberal heathen like me lol. Half the questions here were for his sake. I wish we could just be honest but we don't want to fight with them. I know things will probably be out in the open soon enough but we don't need the stress of them trying to fix us right now. And I'm very tempted to talk about things that make them uncomfortable but I also don't want to be mean.
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14-11-2015, 03:10 AM
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Hmm, I would just say, "nah, I'm not gunna talk about politics." And if they asked again I would say, "No, really. I'm not going to talk about politics."

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