How to have a successful political discussion over Thanksgiving (or any holiday) dinner

Short one today.

For some reason I get emails from, with links to articles I can read if I want to. (I don’t.)  My best guess about how this happens is that my wife was on my account when she signed up for a free/low-cost trial subscription or something.

Well today one came in that had as the subject: “How not to Ruin Thanksgiving with Political Debate” which actually sounded promising (see later) however, the link inside was titled “How to Have a Productive Political Debate During Thanksgiving Dinner (or Just Keep it from Ruining Everyone’s Night).

Um, no.  Just…no.

I didn’t click the link.  Wasn’t going to go there.  So, here’s my suggestion on how not to ruin Thanksgiving with political debate.


Don’t have a political debate.  You’ve got 360 other days (reserving four more here for other holidays–adjust as needed for the holidays important to you).  You can do without politics for one.

Not everything has to be political.  Really.  It doesn’t.  You can put aside the politics and just enjoy an evening with family and friends–watch sports if you’re into that.  The Macy’s Thankgiving Parade is always nice.  Board games or cards.  Whatever.  Just leave the politics out of it for once.

The politics will still be there the next day.  And maybe, just maybe, people will be more interested in what you have to say if you demonstrate you’re not a douche on Thanksgiving.

Think about it.


5 thoughts on “How to have a successful political discussion over Thanksgiving (or any holiday) dinner”

  1. Amazes me that leftists write these articles about how to ambush your relatives with their progressive politics at family holidays, then other leftists write articles about how low we have sunk that there have to be articles about how to talk about politics at family holidays.


  2. Oh, I’d prefer the political discussions with my dad and younger brothers over the Macy’s parade or sports. Then again, we pretty much all see eye to eye, with me being the only one to have a somewhat broader perspective than my Republican family members. 😉


    1. That’s fine. It’s entertainment for all involved. It’s when people are trying to use the holidays to “convince” others with diametrically opposed views that one has a problem. First it’s obnoxious. Second it’s counterproductive (as for why it’s counterproductive, see “first it’s…”).

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      1. Haha! I know, I’m just lucky when it comes to my family. My husbands German family is another matter. Practically everyone in this country is some version of liberal/progressive/left. Whatever you want to call it. Even the CDU, the so called conservative party is anything but conservative!


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