No Politics at Thanksgiving Please

square819It never fails at many homes across the nation. We are ostensibly brought together to experience gratitude as families. We sit down at the table, watch as the turkey is carved, pass the cranberry sauce and the stuffing, eat, and then listen to a harangue by one member of the family about the current state of politics in our country which, inevitably, is countered by another, driving many to the kitchen or the living room while the dinner table was dominated by the venomous talk. Some people stay away from their families at this holiday precisely because of it. It is even worse in households where one party is outnumbered. A pack mentality emerges and that one person is battered by words and quotes from Fox News into silence. When the person fails to come at future Thanksgivings, either nobody notices or they are excoriated for not wanting to be with the family. So much for this family holiday, when the ties that bind us are severed in the name of our own political egos.

While I still enjoyed thanksgiving at my mother’s house, we had a rule: no politics at Thanksgiving. This didn’t make certain people very happy because they seemed to live for strife or the sound of their own voices having little or no effect on the state of affairs in the country, but I enjoyed the feasting more. So did others.

This year try no politics at Thanksgiving and see how much better a time you can have.


  1. That’s a house rule in my home, period. I point it out to guests as necessary, and encourage them to consider the possibility that my home is my refuge from that crap coming out of their mouths. I don’t take my political views to their home to espouse to their discomfort, so…!

  2. Something I love about the way you write is that you use words sparingly and still get all the pomp and circumstance in.

    I am grateful this year for not having close family members that quote Fox News!

    I found this .. and while I know this isn’t the topic, I found it to be clever.. “Fox News is the Most Trusted News Organization” or “Quoting fox “news” is like quoting a ‘National Enquirer’ story about bat boy or Elvis being spotted in Kalamazoo, MI.”
    Accusing a news source of bias and/or an agenda is superfluous to the truth. Questioning a person’s motives is the fallacy of ad homonym.
    For example,
    1. Manson is a liar.
    2. Manson said that 2+2=4
    3. Therefore. 2+2 does not =4
    , is obviously an invalid argument. Manson’s character has nothing to do with the truth value of 2+2=4. In other words, attack the argument,not the character (or if he/she has an agenda)! To do otherwise is to commit the ad homonym fallacy.
    fox ‘news’ has proven itself to be not a real news source. Not because it has an agenda (we all do) but because its “facts” are lies and its “logic” is invalid.

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