How To Talk To Your Conservative Relatives This Thanksgiving

By | November 5, 2022

A listener calls in and asks how to get conservative parents to take progressive positions over the holidays. Countering what they say can cause tension and creates a hostile environment around the dinner table. Just letting them spout off about things isn’t good either. One way is to find something they care about where you can find a middle ground, like Social Security or Medicare.

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Hi, this is me. yeah, it’s you. Hi, this is Jack from Boston. Thanks for taking my call. Jack from Boston what’s on your mind? so I just got back from seeing my folks. My whole family is just super Republican too. I’m really, really sorry. are they in Boston too. no, they are in Long Island. All right, sorry man. no, don’t worry. so I guess I was wondering what you guys think. I’ve tried to find out the reason with them. I get nowhere. when I’m sitting at the table like Thanksgiving or whatever and they just start spouting nonsense. I feel like I sort of have two options: I can either just, you know, try to push back. in which case I’ve created this hostility. and it’s just uncomfortable. or I can just let them spew nonsense and then I feel like I’m spineless. well, this is what you do. you find something that they care about that they’re not talking about. like I don’t know are your parents on Social Security. They have met. I know they have Medicare. not yet. not yet. Are they looking forward to that? Are they people like have they ever liked you know I think like dropping something in there like it’s not gonna hurt you guys when they cut Medicare and Social Security is it, Mom and Dad? well, it’s Social Security’s not going to be there anyways it’s going bankrupt in five years. it’s not actually going bankrupt in five years. they can simply easily just increase the taxes. or not even increase the actual taxes just to lift the cap on Social Security. but even if they do nothing it’ll still pay out 80 percent. but not if the Republicans get their hands on it. they will do cuts to social security. or I don’t know you got to find I mean Social Security and Medicare are always the ones I like to go to when we’re talking about parents. because if they’re not getting it yet they will be soon.


Hi is this me yeah it's you Hi this is Jack from Boston Jack I'm Taking my call Jack from Boston what's On your mind So I just got back from seeing my folks Uh my whole family is just super Republican too really really sorry Republican uh are they in Boston too No they are in All right sorry man No don't worry so I guess I was Wondering what you guys think you know I've tried to you know reason with them I get nowhere when I'm sitting at the Table like Thanksgiving or whatever and They just start spouting nonsense I feel Like I'm sort of I got two options I can Either just you know try to push back in Which case I've created this hostility And it's just uncomfortable or I can Just let them spew nonsense and then I Feel like I'm spineless well this is What you do Uh you find something that they care About that they're not talking about Like I don't know are your parents on Social Security They have met I know they have Medicare Uh not yet not yet Um are they looking forward to that are They people like have they ever like Um you know I think like dropping uh Something in there like it's not gonna Hurt you guys when they cut Medicare and

Social Security is it Mom and Dad well It's Social Security's not going to be There anyways it's going bankrupt in Five years it's it's not actually going Bankrupt in five years Um uh they can simply easily just Um uh increase uh the the taxes or not Even increase the actual taxes just incr Lift the cap Uh on on Social Security but even if They do nothing it'll still pay out 80 Percent but not not if the Republicans Get their hands on it uh they will they Will do cuts on social security or I Don't know you got to find uh I mean Social Security and Medicare are always The ones I like to go to when we're Talking about parents because if they're Not getting it yet they will be soon Um and uh it's worth trying to touch on That and then at one point you just got To realize like they're too far gone Then I would just say yeah don't forget To vote on Wednesday November 9th yeah Absolutely absolutely well thank you so Much all right good luck with it Thanks right Uh my strategy that says Elon Musk on Right-wing family members is to Advocate Even further right positions than them And characterize the right-wing position As to what it truly is anti-human but as If I'm an advocate for that until they Just start to pull me to the left and

Then I just concede I like that idea I Mean I've never been able to get away With that people are just the But maybe you can just say like yeah Maybe we should Outlaw all vaccinations No more polio vaccination no more Rubella no more diphtheria no more uh Flu vaccines we should Outlaw all of Them well I mean there what's the story About what they're finding in New York Is it polio in the in the waste uh here In the city there's gonna be broadly Some people who reject vaccinations at a Higher rate just generally but uh Vermont Ben what are the chances the Republican House Majority next year Actually forces a debt default and Should the debt ceiling be repealed in The lame duck session to counteract this Possibility uh I think the the the the The debt default is possible uh but yes The debt ceiling should be repealed we Should get rid of it it is stupid it Doesn't make any sense It is just a question of like we've Spent the money do we pay the bill of Course we pay the bill we always have to Pay the bill Um and so get rid of this it's Anachronistic get rid of it

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