I know on forums, you get to express yourself a little more, hmm, plainly, so this question is more about how to handle public or family situations. I’ve been working with a group that brings together people across the political spectrum to hear other’s point of view. The idea is not to change minds, but to listen. It’s called Better Angels. I’m not selling it, just telling that because what I keep hearing is it is hard to get conservatives to come to the workshops because they feel they are getting beat up for expressing their opinions. Yeah, I know, of course they are, right? Because their opinions are all messed up.
I’m not asking for tolerance of the intolerable here. I’m just stating that this is out there, and it’s not going away. Trump’s rating has been 42% his entire Presidency. It’s a horrible rating for someone just elected, but it’s weird that he’s maintained it throughout impeachment. The only conclusion I have is, they aren’t going away. They’ll find another “Trump” after this one.
So, what I want to express to them is, “yes, you are getting creamed by every major news outlet except the ones that cater to conservatives. Look at history, there have always been people in that position. There have always been things that you couldn’t discuss in public and keep your job, your friends and even your family.” At that point, it’s hard not to start thinking of examples, and as soon as you do, the discussion is off the rails. If you say abortion used to be something you did in a back alley, they’ll see that as an excuse for murder. If you say we used to treat homeless people like criminals, they’ll start talking about personal responsibility or something. There has to be a way forward with this conversation.