Over the holidays, a lot of people prefer to consider the old adage "never discuss politics or religion."
I know that many people are afraid of broaching a subject that will potentially ignite tempers, but what else, really, is there to talk about? The weather? Well, interestingly enough, that has been politicized. This warmer than usual Christmas was supposed to remind us of what we are doing to the planet, if I understood the Left’s arguments correctly.
But mostly, it’s been my experience that those with a decidedly Leftist view are the first to bring up politics at the holiday party. You could be talking about something that you accomplished over the year to update your family and friends, and there’s always some Leftist who claims your accomplishment would not be possible without government.
Now, a calm, level-headed person who wanted to avoid politics in such a situation would simply smile, and move on, because that Leftist is just waiting to jump all over whatever you say next – like a prosecutor who tries to outsmart a witness.
So, what do you do? There is a train of thought that says that your best bet is to ignore them so they will go away because it is likely the rest of the party-goers are just as annoyed by this guy as you are. However, if you are the only right-minded person in your family or among your friends, that may not be the case – and by the way, so very sorry to hear that.
The fact is, there is no real good way to get Leftists to stop bringing up politics during celebrations centered around say, the birth of Christ, or the New Year, because in order to be respectful during these times you would have to be imbued with the deep respect for others, for God, and for yourself – three things Leftists do not have.
I personally don’t back down, but then, I also don’t care what people think of me. A lot of times, especially if you are in a group of people who know you, and consequently know you are right-leaning, those you are with will avoid at all costs any political reference whatsoever because they don’t want to hear an alternative view to their own worldview. But for that one who simply can’t help himself, let him have it.
Tell him that the accomplishment you made would not have been possible without God. Tell him your dreams are always very big, and God is the one who makes all your dreams and wishes come true. Tell him if it weren’t for Jesus’ birth, nothing could be possible, not even America, and then ask him if he wants to be further informed.
Tell him that our government was based upon man’s self-governance and that since God lives within us, we have the power to do things ourselves with the highest power at our side. Tell him government is there to pave the roads and pay for the military and coordinate for potential injury or disaster. Tell him that government does so at the behest of numerous good people who are godly and righteous.
You may not convince him, but you will have at least stood up for the truth.
Jen Kuznicki is a wife and mother, seamstress by trade, and American patriot who says, "Now is the time to act."