Politics at Thanksgiving? Are you mad?
Today is Getaway Day for the Thanksgiving holiday and as I search the internet, I’m seeing a lot of articles on how to talk about politics at the Thanksgiving table.
As I think about all of the political arguments my family has engaged in when we assemble for Thanksgiving, the only response I have to these articles is, why?
What idiot decided that we need to bog down an otherwise happy time with discussions about Obamacare, the Federal Reserve, the war in Iraq, and riots in Ferguson?
What half-wit decided that a day dedicated to thanking Almighty God for all His abundant blessings should be interrupted by arguments about heteronormativity, heterocisnormativity, and rape culture? Why should we poison the day by purposefully seeking topics to bring up that will take everyone’s blood pressure up a few degrees?
And of course most of these articles are written by sniveling, condescending Leftists who perpetually tell themselves they have a monopoly on intellect and morality.
IF you don’t believe me, take a look at these articles currently up at Think Progress (I’ll save my soliloquy on the sheer fraud of a Leftist publication having “think” in its title for another day).
- How To Talk To Your Climate Denier Uncle This Thanksgiving
- How To Talk To Your Tea Party Uncle About Obamacare This Thanksgiving
- How To Talk To Your Evangelical Uncle About Marriage Equality (yes, it’s also about Thanksgiving)
- How To Convince Your Right-Wing Uncle To Act On Climate Change This Thanksgiving
- What You Need To Know To Win An Immigration Argument With Your Right-Wing Uncle This Thanksgiving (h/t Mediaite for compiling the list so I didn’t have to read Think Progress)
This alone should make people think twice before ruining Thanksgiving dinner with diatribes on politics. Just the fact that political discussions usually devolve into arguments, indignant fist-shaking, and shout-fests that can be heard for miles should make people think twice.
But the Left can’t seem to help themselves, they have to make everything political because they can’t ever leave you alone.
This is why I’m going to defer to Sean Davis over at The Federalist and John Dickerson over at Slate (Did I really just say I was deferring to Slate? I’d blame the tryptophan but the turkey is still thawing) because they stand up for the good old fashioned idea of leaving your politics outside in the snow for the Thanksgiving holiday.
This is a no-brainer for me because I can’t think of a single Thanksgiving dinner where politics came up that didn’t devolve into shouting the neighbors could hear or where people left the table happy. The best Thanksgivings are the ones that are politics-free, because politics has so infested everything else in our society, can’t there be one day at least where we can be free of it?
That is my challenge to you this Thanksgiving: ignore politics.
Don’t bring it up at the table. Talk about what you give thanks to Almighty God for, since that is supposed to be what this day is about to begin with.
Talk about the football game on TV. Talk about why you don’t get together more often. Or talk about plans for Christmas and New Year’s.
And if someone has the audacity to mention politics, race, or government at the table, politely dismiss them and bury them in the nearest snowdrift. You’ll thank me later.