We’ve all heard the adage, “Don’t discuss religion or politics.” It is appropriate in certain situations, if you want to maintain peace and harmony. For example, the big family dinner at Thanksgiving may not be the best time to discuss politics with your great uncle whose opinions are 180 degrees opposite to yours.
Living in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, politics is a frequent topic of discussion. It is hard to drive anywhere in the state for the two years leading up to the primary and not see a sign for a candidate. The signs alone can lead to discussions.
While I don’t enjoy arguing why this candidate is better than another, I do enjoy discussing the viewpoints of the various candidates. Rather than viewing political discussions as a matter of “my candidate is better than yours”, it should be viewed as a way of learning something new. Did you know that Candidate A supports XYZ? Do you know Candidate B’s background? Politics can be a good conversation starter, not just with adults. It is a good dinner table discussion for the family, as it is important for kids to know who the candidates are.
Our political publication, Camp Campaign, covers the world of politics from a variety of viewpoints. From Independent Ideas to Conservative Considerations, we cover the spectrum of political positions. Plus, every week we highlight the Winners & Losers in the world of politics.
If you’re looking for some political discussion but can’t find a conversational partner, join the discussion at Camp Campaign. Our writers are always looking for someone new to join the dialogue.