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What to do if your crazy right-wing uncle comes for Thanksgiving
What to do if your crazy right-wing uncle comes for Thanksgiving

“Never talk about religion or politics at the dinner table,” the saying goes; these conversations can ruin holidays like Thanksgiving. But while avoiding these subjects may make sense for individuals, it’s terrible for the country -- and when we do engage in tough topics, we commit small acts of patriotism. No, I’m not saying that discussing politics at Thanksgiving is a service on the level of, say, troops returning from Afghanistan. But just as voting is understood by the politically informed  to be a civic responsibility, so is talking about the issues on which we vote. After all, these issues are combustible because they’re important, so it matters...

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