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  •  I try to engage, but not argue (19+ / 0-)

    Here in Alabama, you're not going to find a lot of progressives, although I live in the one place (Birmingham) that has a decent proportion of them. As many commenters have said, these folks aren't stupid.

    There are only so many hours in the day and if you're working and raising kids and trying to get to soccer practice and the grocery store, you don't have time or energy to "get all the facts." You listen to the other parents at practice or talk to co-workers. I have been fascinated by the number of people at my workplace (a BIG company) who randomly talk politics in line at the cafeteria or on the walking track. The right-wingers are quite overt about their opinions, while liberals tend to feel me out to see where I stand. So I decided that I would be as unapologetic about being a liberal as they were about being conservative. It works.

    The main thing is being respectful and ascribing full human dignity to "the other side." Insulting them, calling them names, treating them like "the other" is not only a bad way to treat people, but also ineffective if you want to actually get someone thinking a little differently.

    "Maybe life's meaning is not so much found, as it is made." Opus, by Berke Breathed

    by Lisa in Bama on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 07:54:53 AM PST

    •  Giving them gentle nudges, is what I call it (7+ / 0-)

      My co-workers are mostly Republican, but they're also young (30s, give or take) and not especially hard core.   One co-worker has a wife who is plugged into the Fux News alternate universe, and he'll occasionally come out with one of their talking points.  For example, one day he said something negative about Obama using a teleprompter.  I said, "You know, I don't really see that as a problem.  A President has important things to do, and I don't want him to waste time memorizing speeches."  The others at the table were nodding thoughtfully, and a whole conversation ensued about this.

      That's the thing with these Republicans.  If they aren't already lost to the Hive Mind, you can get them to stop and think about a talking point - and as soon as they do that, they realize what bullshit it is.

      Fox News is to the truth as a flaming bag of dog shit is to a packed lunch. --MinistryOfTruth

      by snazzzybird on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 08:52:30 AM PST

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    •  You mean act like them? (0+ / 0-)

      "Republicans are the party that says that government doesn't work, then they get elected and prove it."-- PJ O'Rourke

      by nocynicism on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 09:03:49 AM PST

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