The Holidays, Second Amendment Politics, and How to Keep Peace at the Dinner-table in Troubled Times

The Holidays, Second Amendment Politics, and How to Keep Peace at the Dinner-table in Troubled Times

We’re at the peak of the holiday season, and while it’s been a long rough year for many of us. In the wake of the election, the contentious issues around the electoral college, and our nation’s ongoing foreign entanglements we are a country facing some serious internal divisions—and for many of us, this is going to manifest in our seasonal celebrations. More than likely, we’re going to be sitting down at the table for Christmas dinner with some people who disagree with us strongly on any of a number of issues.  We’ve all had fights start at  family gathering, and I don’t think too many of us found it pleasant.

So how can we avoid that sort of ugly exchange? Well, I’ve talked about how to deal with politics post election, but the yuletide season being what it is, we’ll get into some specifics for how to keep the peace this time of the year.

First and foremost, fall back on your Emily Post etiquette and just don’t bring up politics a the table.  I know how tempting it is to spread the word on issues you care about so deeply, but honestly it’s likely best avoided even if you think everyone agrees with you. You’re with folks you love whom you likely don’t see often—talk about their lives, how they’re doing, and what’s going on in your respective worlds. It’s far more pleasant and productive.

Secondly, and perhaps most importantly—if alcohol is involved at all DO NOT bring up or get into heated discussions. I like to drink as much as anyone, but it’s not known for keeping things peaceful and rational when emotions run high. Be conscious of this, and program yourself in advance to behave.

From there, if someone does bring it up, don’t take the bait. Even if they’re being jerks and poking the bear, don’t do it. I hate to tell anyone to “be the better person” but in this case it’s both effective and gives you the tactical edge of preserving the moral high ground. If your interlocutor is being especially jerky, say something like, “Hey, I’m more than happy to talk about this with you reasonably, but this isn’t the time and the place. Let’s focus on the holiday/family/being together.”

Again, with the “be the better person” angle: people are genuinely scared about what 2016 meant and what 2017 may or may not hold. These fears are both domestic and international, for all sorts of reasons. There’s a lot of pain in the world right now and I’d ask you to remember that and be kind to folks who may not share your values, beliefs, or politics.  After all, it’s Christmas—a holiday about new hopes, rebirth, kindness, and charity. These people are your family or friends, and with so much pain and suffering in the world focusing on love and togetherness is a small step to making the world a little brighter.

, , ,

  • I’ve earned $84 ,000 right now this season working on line and I am a full time university student . I’m taking advantage of a home based business money making opportunity I observed and after that I’ve made such decent cash . It’s really user-friendly and uncomplicated not to mention I am just so delightful that I discovered out regarding it . The potential within this is endless . Here’s exactly what I do>>> SECURE77.WEEBLY.COM

  • I’ve made $84 ,000 by far sometime this year working over the internet but I am a full time college student . I’m taking advantage of an internet business marketing opportunity I heard of and even I’ve made this kind of decent cash . It is actually really convenient to use and I’m just too very happy that I found out about that . The possibility of success using this is never ending . Here’s what I do>>> SECURE11.WEEBLY.COM

  • anderson.edna

    I’ve generated $84 ,000 until now these days working on line and also I am only a full time college student . I’m benefiting from a business online money making opportunity I heard of and consequently I’ve generated such type of decent money . It is undoubtedly user-friendly and uncomplicated and I am just too satisfied that I found out about that . The capability using this is long-term . Here’s what I do>>> NEWYR91.WEEBLY.COM

  • vickie.buss

    I’ve earned $84 ,000 so far this holiday season working on the net and consequently I’m a full time university student . I’m implementing an online business opportunity I heard about and additionally I’ve generated such type of decent earnings . It is actually extremely user-friendly and uncomplicated and I am just too delightful that I found out about it . The potential within this is endless . Here’s what I do>>> SECURE68.WEEBLY.COM

    asd

  • mary.miller

    I’ve generated $84 ,000 up till now these days working on line however I am a full time university student . I’m taking advantage of a business online marketing opportunity I read about and additionally I’ve generated this kind of decent earnings . It’s extremely so easy to use and I am just very glad that I discovered out regarding it . The capability with this is never-ending . Here’s what I do>>> SECURE37.COM

  • I’ve made $84 ,000 to this point this year working via internet however I’m a full time student . I’m utilizing an internet business marketing opportunity I read about and even I’ve made such great money . It is seriously user-friendly and uncomplicated not to mention I am just very thankful that I found out about it . The capability using this is never ending . Here’s exactly what I do, please have a look at my account for site name >>>

  • I’ve made $84 ,000 up till now this year working over the internet but I’m a full time university student . I’m benefiting from a home based business money making opportunity I read about and additionally I’ve generated such decent money . It is actually seriously user-friendly and also I am just so very happy that I discovered out regarding it . The potential within this is never-ending . Here’s everything I do>>> TIME59.WEEBLY.COM

  • I’ve earned $84 ,000 right now this season working online and also I am only a full time student . I’m benefiting from a business online money making opportunity I read about and even I’ve made such type of great money . It is extremely simple to use so I’m just so thankful that I discovered out regarding it . The possibility using this is long-term . Here’s stuff that I do, please have a look at my account for site name >>>

  • I’m getting over $7k monthly at work parttime . I kept hearing some individuals inform me what amount these people can easily earn through the internet for that reason I agreed to pay attention to it . Thoroughly , it seemed all legitimate and has improved my daily life . This is where i started>>>FL-Y.COM/3m09

  • Read through following article to understand how an individual mom was able to make $89,844/year in her free time on her laptop or computer without selling anything>>>FL-Y.COM/3m18

  • Read through following information to learn how an individual mother was able to acquire $89,844/year in her spare time on her laptop or computer without selling anything>>>FL-Y.COM/3m1b

  • Look through following report to discover how an individual parent was able to make $89,844/year in her free time on her computer without selling anything>>>SECURE66.WEEBLY.COM

  • I’ve profited 104 thousand dollars in 2016 by working from my house a­n­d I did that by working in my own time for several h on daily basis. I was following work opportunity I found on-line and I am so excited that i earned so much money on the side. It’s really beginner-friendly a­n­d I am just so happy that i discovered it. Here’s what I did… STATICTAB.COM/gptmadp

  • I got paid 104 thousand bucks in last 12 months by doing an on-line job at my house a­­n­­d I did that by w­orking part time f­­o­­r few hrs a day. I was following a business opportunity I stumbled upon online and I am so amazed that i made so much money. It’s very newbie-friendly and I’m just so happy that I found out about this. This is what i did… http://secure65­.­weebly­.­com

Quantcast