Guide to Bipartisan Political Discussion
Why It’s Important
In an increasingly divisive political environment, we often debate our differences rather than discussing our similarities. Hyperpartisan mindsets do nothing for our united future. Thus, we must take a stand against this growing problem in our country.
How to Talk About Politics
Politics can be a very touchy topic; it is often a personal and difficult subject to approach. When talking about politics always be sure to follow these three simple rules:
- Don’t take it personally.
Different people have different views; it’s going to happen. Talk about the views, not the person. Don’t use “ad hominem” attacks, which means attacks directly against the person.
- Know when to step away.
When you sense that things are getting heated, don’t be afraid to step away for a moment. You won’t be able to convince everyone of your views, and that’s okay.
- Be open-minded.
This is one of the most important rules. In general, try to follow people on social media you may disagree with. Don’t isolate yourself in an echo chamber. In order to help bring unity and bipartisanship to our country, it is of utmost importance to be open minded and not only listen to, but welcome differing beliefs.
Thank you for your leadership in taking this pledge. You are helping to move America towards a more united future, one person at a time.