NBC12 VIEWPOINT: Talking politics

Source: Facebook
Source: Facebook

By: Kym Grinnage email

Editorial: Don't Lose A Friend

I recently saw a post that read "I desperately need a 'hide political posts' button on Facebook so I can still like my friends after the election year is over." It made me think about how people with opposing views handle a political discussion. Not necessarily online, but face-to-face. The discussion of religion and politics is always a touchy subject, and it doesn't always make good water cooler conversation. But let's be realistic, it's only natural that people will discuss politics and their thoughts and feelings about the candidates, their policies and who they hope will win an election.

So, can we have good honest discussion without losing a friend? The answer is yes. But there must be a couple of ground rules to keep the conversation, civil, honest and fair. Here are some thoughts. Establish the ground rules before you begin the dialogue and you really should have a literal conversation about ground rules. Also, you should agree that each party be allowed to finish their thought without interruption. You must agree that there can be no name calling or comments like "now that's stupid".  You should ask questions and make comments that are based on factual data and not on just emotion. Another key component to a good healthy discussion about politics, is to discuss the things you have in agreement. And above all, agree to keep a good sense of humor.

I've tried this method and believe me it works and is fun.

This may not save your friendship with all of your friends, but it can't hurt.

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