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  •  I am on the other side of the coin here. (none)
    As a liberal in a right-leaning family, I am the one who is usually "censored" to preserve the peace. But, the fact is that then it just becomes an elephant in the room that nobody talks about.

    I say, you need to talk to your father, if he wants to talk politics. The only thing you can do is to make sure you are educated enough on the issues to argue with him. As for bringing your kids into it, I'd definitely nip that in the bud. His problem is with what you are doing, not that it is taking time away from the kids. That's just the issue he's using to beat his political drum on. Tell him not to use your children as scapegoats for his political discontent.  Generally, I've found that the best way of dealing with righties in my family is to ask key questions that point out their hypocrisy, their hatred, their intolerance, and other flaws in their argument and force them to look at themselves in the mirror. My mom, for example, believes in "under God" and the "Christian Nation" crap, and I pointed out that the real difference between my position and hers was that I believe in freedom of religion and she does not. It left her in tears, but I think it gave her something to think about.

    Lastly, do not stop doing what you are doing on his account. PLEASE. NOW and such organizations need all the help they can get these days.

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