Democracy: talkin’ politics with friends, co-workers … good idea ?

What happens if at a neighborhood cookout someone starts talking politics? Usually the conversation spirals out of control, and the fun of the cookout is affected by two angry people, each passionate about their point of view regarding some political issue.


Politics at Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t.


But are we being anti-patriotic by avoiding these conversations?

Freedom of Speech basically says that we are allowed to tell others of our concerns … but why are we allowed? The answer is in the implication of Freedom of Speech: the health of our democracy needs these conversations. Our democracy cannot live up to its potential if we don’t each share our political ideas and insights with our friends, co-workers, family members, neighbors.

Being allowed to say what we want is a real sweet gesture, but meaningless if not actuated by you and I, and of course we are going to argue and spit on each other. And afterward we need to show the world that we are the #1 democracy by each objectively considering all the points that our adversary made … and that’s democracy.



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