Tuesday’s a big day folks. Election time.
Perhaps not surprisingly, most of my friends are on the same side of the election fence. More often than not, we pick pals with similar values to our own. So I haven’t had to deal with much political infighting amongst my friends, or even any awkward dinner conversation.
But we all know the rule: no politics or religion at the dinner table. It can be a tough subject to avoid at this time of year.
In the past I had a very close friend with whom I didn’t see eye to eye. He loved getting into political battles with me. I chose instead to say “I’m not talking about this with you.” I knew he wouldn’t change my mind and I wouldn’t change his. I also knew that the conversation, at least on my end, could only lead to frustration. I didn’t want to like him less, and I was worried that if we got to deep into debate, that might be end result. So we chose to cool it, and talk more about everything else we did have in common instead of the one thing we would never agree upon.
But that was many years ago. Now we live in separate cities, and don’t see each other or talk nearly as much as I would like, so we won’t have what I know would be a heated debate this year.
Still, this time of year does make me think. Political seasons can be the end of friendships. Or at least a controversial time between a Democrat and her Republican bestie. So you tell me: Ever lost a friend, or gotten in a real fight, over politics? Does the “no politics at the dinner table” rule still hold up? Or that too old-fashioned?