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Is it appropriate to discuss politics around the Thanksgiving table?

Compiled by The Connection Editor Staff

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No, politics shouldn’t be discussed at Thanksgiving

With the current political climate in the United States, people get overly defensive about their viewpoints. This can cause heated debates at a table that is supposed to symbolize what we are thankful for, not about issues that are divisive. Save time to talk about politics another day and just gobble up that chicken and dressin.’

Discussing politics can cause a lot of problems and it makes some people feel uncomfortable, especially when Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family. This time is supposed to be spent enjoying the company of one another rather than arguing over the turkey about what is and isn’t wrong with our country.

Politics shouldn’t be off-limits at Thanksgiving

In any family, politics shouldn’t necessarily be off limits when it comes to discussion, even during Thanksgiving. Sure we have other topics to explore and things to be thankful for, but one of those is our freedom of speech and expression in this country which does not cease because Uncle Greg vehemently disagrees. As long as each side of the discussion maintains respect for the other as family or loved ones, there is no issue with exploring the political arena while passing the gravy.

Thanksgiving is one of those moments where you can sit together with your family,
eat and have a discussion. You share your views and thoughts on various topics, and politics may be one of them, especially with regards to the current affairs. As long as things don’t get out of hand, and everyone can discuss it without getting heated up, it’s a good topic to explore. Besides, political views aren’t something that can be put aside. They represent our values and beliefs.

It’s fine to talk politics at Thanksgiving if…

While it seems old-fashioned, the wishes of the host and hostess should be considered before beginning political discussions. They have opened their home and spent a lot of time and effort to make the family event a success, so if they don’t wish to discuss politics, it’s polite to honor their wishes.

Therefore, when discussing politics at the table is discouraged, those wishing to debate should take a lovely, brisk walk before dessert is served. Perhaps a slight nip in the air will encourage cooler tempers and brevity (the soul of wit). Just don’t forget to offer to help with the dishes as well!