Advice Needed on Talking Politics w/ Family
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14-11-2015, 05:15 AM
RE: Advice Needed on Talking Politics w/ Family
"I don't know. I'm still trying to figure out which of the fuckwads will do the least damage overall."

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14-11-2015, 05:25 AM
RE: Advice Needed on Talking Politics w/ Family
(13-11-2015 07:06 AM)RobbyPants Wrote:  
(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.

I like your non-answers 1,2 and 3. I would use them on my family because they always think I am a smart ass anyway.

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14-11-2015, 05:34 AM
RE: Advice Needed on Talking Politics w/ Family
(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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14-11-2015, 07:43 AM
RE: Advice Needed on Talking Politics w/ Family
First: my sympathies to you.

Second: there may not be a way to avoid offending them, because what they want is agreement or silence from you while they get to talk. I would try to have a quiet conversation at some point with your in-laws and just say that you want to spend time with the family enjoying each other, not arguing politics and religion. If you can come across as sincere and trying to be peaceful, not snarky, they may put you on their prayer list, but hopefully they won't try to hook you into "revealing" yourself every time they see you.

Third: have other topics ready to go.

Fourth: be ready to walk out of the room if things start making you uncomfortable.
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14-11-2015, 08:41 AM (This post was last modified: 14-11-2015 08:46 AM by Alla.)
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(14-11-2015 02:44 AM)Beckaliz Wrote:  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.
You are wonderful person. Do what is right and you will have clear conscience.
Always do what is right even if some people don't like it.
I like what you said: "I just wish we could be honest but we don't want to fight".
So, be honest and don't fight. You can honestly tell them about your views/believes and you don't have to argue with theirs.
You also should tell them that you still love them. You can find a way how to tell them about your love. And there is something else you can do but most likely it will take time and patience on your part. Do good to them, treat them well, don't try to prove them wrong. And you will see that they might accept you with your believes. Just continue to LOVE them in words and in deeds and amazing things can happen.
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14-11-2015, 10:12 AM
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(13-11-2015 08:12 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Wear a Che Guevara shirt and tell them it's Jesus.

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14-11-2015, 11:06 AM
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You could say that you don't like any of the candidates. It's fairly common for people to say they're choosing the lesser of two horrible candidates. That way you're not specifically endorsing a liberal but you also don't have to pretend to like a Republican.

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