This Reuters poll is a stupid poll for a number of reasons, but first, let’s start with a snippet:
Americans will sit down next week for what has become a holiday tradition in the United States: tiptoeing through a turkey dinnerholida without mentioning the president.
Nearly one-third of all adults will actively avoid political conversations when they see friends and family over the Thanksgiving and December holidays, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. About half said they do not expect to discuss politics at all.
The Nov. 8-13 poll found that a majority of Americans consider politics to be among their “least favorite” topics to discuss in mixed company over the holidays.
People appear to be more interested in talking about religion, or even their personal finances, with cousins and in-laws than they are in discussing hot-button issues such as tax cuts, Obamacare and the Russia investigation.
Trump voters were just as interested in shifting away from political conversations as voters who supported Clinton. Women were more likely than men to avoid politics, and Baby Boomers were more likely than Millennials to avoid the topic.
There’s a few things wrong with Reuters’ take on this. If you read the whole article, Reuters carefully spins the poll results as “Americans are more polarized than ever, to the point where they cannot even talk politics with close family members and loved ones anymore! Trumpism has divided us!”
While undoubtedly this is at least partly true, Reuters falls into the typical liberal trap of thinking that everyone else is as obsessed with politics as they are and that everyone is very eager to talk about it at Thanksgiving.
When I get together with my family, especially family from out of state who I may not have seen for a year or more, the last thing on my mind is “OMG! WHAT DO THEY THINK ABOUT TRUMP!? ARE THEY HAVING WRONG/BAD OPINIONS?!” I am far more interested in what has been going on in their lives, and how their spouses and children are doing, and they feel the same way about me.
Politics has become a way of life and almost a religion to way too many people, especially liberal SJWs, who spend nearly every waking moment on social media screaming about Trump. They live in a rarefied bubble where that’s all they and their friends talk about. Twitter especially seems to promote this kind of weird monofocus. They are obsessed to the point where they melt down if they even suspect anyone around them doesn’t share their sympathies.
Some of you may watch Diversity & Comics, who criticizes social justice warriors in the comic book industry. One of the things he notes is that a lot of the most obnoxious SJWs are on Twitter all day, every day, and their lists of tweets are filled with attacks on Trump and almost nothing at all about comic books or promoting said comics.
I’ve long thought that part of the reason Marvel is doing so badly is because these SJWs are spending so much time on Twitter during the workday virtue signalling and raving like maniacs and not, you know, actually working.
The point I am trying to make is normal people do not behave like this. People like you and me are able to turn it off. We can sit down and watch baseball games, or play video games, or go exercise, or talk with our friends without thinking about politics. These guys cannot. This is why they try to inject politics into EVERYTHING – sports games, video games, comic books, and even Thanksgiving.
There is nothing wrong with not talking about politics at Thanksgiving. In fact, the ones who are wrong are those salivating at the chance to lecture their unfortunate family members during a holiday that should have nothing to do with politics.