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Two Party Systems

My partner and I see eye-to-eye on most everything except politics. We try to stay clear of political talk at home, but when we go out with our friends the topic always comes up. He’s very vocal of his opinions, but he respectfully listens to the opinions of others. The problem is that our friends don’t really listen back and not really nice when responding to him. I also see a drop in hanging out with them, which is also a sad problem.

In today’s world, the art of conversation and the concept of friendly debate are approaching extinction. Many people’s line in the sand is deeply drawn and they aren’t open to civil dialogue if the voice on the other side differs from their beliefs. Unfortunately there’s not much you can do to control the feelings and actions of others. All you can do is hope that they can see the big picture; one that’s bigger than just a difference in politics. Hopefully everyone in your friendship circle remembers what made you all friends in the first place and over time the normalcy of your friendships will return.

I’m dreading the holidays because my in-laws are polar opposite of my and my husband’s political beliefs. Thanksgiving dinner is going to be a nightmare… help!

My mom has a rule at the dinner table that’s a pretty good one to use. “No sex, no politics at the table…. well OK… maybe a little sex.” When the conversation turns political, you and your husband should drive the talk to a different direction. Between the two of you, you should be able to avoid the Presidential election in favor of pumpkin pie.

Would you date someone who’s political beliefs differ from yours?

Does he have a pulse? Absolutely! Joking aside, I would because political stance is just one facet of a man and I prefer to consider the whole pie as opposed to making decisions based on just one slice.

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