It seems like every important issue that can be divided into sides in this country turns into a verbal assault on one another in online forums. Have Americans really become that blinded by politics, and media that we can no longer have civil discussions that actually lead to solutions?
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You don't have to go any further than the attack adds that dominate politics in America for both candidates and issues.
Exactly people seem to crave fear and division, but those are not productive aspects of any social animal, our sense of community has severly diminished, and we need to get it back.
Politics is really one of the nastiest webs of conversation to get reeled in to. That does remind me of how I tried to deal with it in the election season, your sister breaking down did just that, humanised the conversation.
I'm sorry your sister had to go through that. A friend of mine called up family members before Thanksgiving and asked them not to bring politics to the dinner table. It worked. And he's willing to talk politics one-on-one, where people can be civil.