Please Talk About Politics This Thanksgiving

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MINOT, N.D. — Articles giving you tips on how to handle political discussions with your family have become a holiday season cliche in the news media.

The proverbial “crazy uncle” has become a stock character in these annual tip-sheets, and the advice on offer can usually be summed up with “don’t bother.”

Except, we do need to bother. The cultural and political divisions which are at the heart of so many of our nation’s problems stem from a growing assumption that the “other side” isn’t worth engaging.

That they’re too crazy.

Too dug-in.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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