Why I am Very Reluctant to Talk About Politics

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In response to the chaos that temporarily interrupted counting of Electoral College votes for the 46th President of the US, I listed three vital reasons why I am hesitant to discuss about politics. If you are curious or open minded, I encourage you to read myTake.

1. Afraid of Losing Friendship Over Differing Views of Politics

First reason I am very hesitant to talk about politics is I am very scared about losing my friendship over contrasting views about how to solve problem of increasing healthcare cost. I don't want to get into an argument with my friends by telling my friends that government intervention to address increasing healthcare cost. Thus, I am very hesitant to discuss politics with my friends.

Losing Friends Over Politics: My Worst Nightmare
Losing Friends Over Politics: My Worst Nightmare

2. Fearful of Retaliation from Left-Wing Supporters on Social Media Platforms

Second reason why I am very reluctant to talk about politics is I am afraid that left-wing supporters will retaliate me on social media platforms if I disagree with left-leaning social media users. Therefore, I am reluctant to talk about politics on social media platforms.

Wrath of Left-Wing Supporter
Wrath of Left-Wing Supporter

3. Unpredictable Reaction

Third reason why I am very hesitant to talk about politics is I don't know whether my parents will disown me if I disagreed with their views on free tuition plan proposed by Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders. Hence, I don't talk about politics with my parents during lunch or dinner to reduce the chance of heated conflicts over how to address the problem of increasing college tuition.

Angry Leftist in the Nutshell
Angry Leftist in the Nutshell
Why I am Very Reluctant to Talk About Politics
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  • thegirlwonder
    But Trump has been in office and the Republicans in power for the past 4 years. You're still scared of leftists even when the right has significant political power and Trump is extremely popular?

    I can't imagine where we would be as leftists if we were afraid to fight for the world we want to see. I think this comes down to insecurity in your beliefs and a lack of moral courage tbh. You may be insecure about being proven wrong, not having facts or knowledge to back up your beliefs, etc. I'm a leftist (socialist) and I've been outspoken on my beliefs since high school, in a conservative Catholic high school at that. I've never been afraid to speak my mind unless there's a physical danger present. I generally don't keep friends who don't share my political views, as I find conservative ideology and policies to be unacceptable. Political views are an extension of someone's character. I don't *want* to be friends with people who show me something in their character that I find unacceptable. Therefore, I have no hesitation in being open. I'll discuss politics with anyone, but won't accept just anyone into my private space (friends, lovers, etc.).

    Leftists tend to be too focused on how people how treated and where we are headed as a country to care about offending conservatives. And we have a long history of people who put their safety on the line and bled for the rights we have today. Those who came before me on the left were being attacked by police and beaten, maimed, killed by conservatives as they pushed the boundaries for us to be able to speak up today. I have no right to stay silent in my own mind - I know how people before me have had to sacrifice so much more to challenge conservatism. We have a responsibility (on the left) to continue to fight for the world we know humanity deserves.
  • ZenDracula
    Damn, learn how to handle rejection
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