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  •  I present my facts just once and do the following (5+ / 0-)

    Usually they respond with opinions and then I say, "That is an opinion. Please provide facts." Usually no facts emerge so I repeat that one can't debate opinions and I walk away. Of course they feel like they won, but why ruin my health?

    Of course, I also run into the show stopping, "I disagree 100%." They don't even try to present opinions. I point out I can't respond to people who just disagree and go no further. Of course they feel like they won, but why ruin my health?

    If they provide facts I acknowledge them and debate them.

    Lately, I just use the who, what, where, when, and how to anything and everything they say.

    Them: "Teachers are leeches."
    Me: "What?"
    Them: "Teachers are leeches."
    Me: "How are they leeches?"
    Etc . . .

    When statements get outrageous I go back to the what and make them repeat the outrageous. Often they just go away.

    But I think it will take reality. My friends in WI are telling me that reality is a cold glass of water for many. One friend told me that she knows a HUGE Republican, with a special needs child, who was doing backflips about what was going down. So after the budget address . . .

    Friend: "So what do you think?"
    Republican: "This is great!"
    Friend: "You do realize that with the cuts to schools, your child will have to be mainstreamed? The district can't justify spending so much on smaller classes and a personal aide for your child while growing other classes to 40. Can you afford an aide for her?"  
    Republican starts blinking and looking around: "No."

    Then he shook his head and walked away. I think he finally got.

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