Swank Advice-Political Chatter

Dear Koop
After the recent election I have had to start unfriending people on facebook and avoid certain people at work due to the upheavel of the recent election
I do not appreciate receiving e-mails that are almost always outright lies, distortions and half-truths. There is plenty of room for criticism on all sides, and it is hard enough to get rational information about Washington’s plans for us What should I do…how do I avoid political discussions in everyday life.

Regards,

Carol
1950s-party

What happened to the etiquette rule banning casual social discussions of politics and religion is that it is roundly pooh-poohed and ignored. At best, it is thought to be a prissy and unnecessary restriction of adult conversation; at worst, it is considered a repression of free speech and the democratic process.

I acknowledges that these accusations might have some validity if people knew how to express their opinions civilly and to listen to the thoughts of others with open minds.

But guess what, folks: In this society, most of the acrimony short of violence is over religion and/or politics, and it doesn’t always stop short of violence. And those who are supposed to be dealing with these topics professionally aren’t behaving much better.

Instead of civil conversation, discussion and debate we have wholesale denunciations and personal insults. Funny thing — it turns out that a real exchange of ideas and opinions is possible only under the rule of etiquette.

I advise you feign appathy towards politics, change the topic or perhaps do it by laughter perhaps using the standard “well I reckon that just like diapers…politicians should be changed frequently !

Then head off in the opposite direction