While I try to stay current when it comes to political happenings, I avoid discussing them at all costs.
I watch the debates (although I must confess that my attention wanders when the candidates start repeating themselves), read the newspaper, and try to keep up with what’s going on in the elections. I even make a concerted effort to find out which side each candidate is on with the big issues like abortion, gun control, and taxes, and even the smaller issues, too. But when it comes to talking about these things, I’m out.
The problem is that I’m simply not that passionate about politics. I have opinions, but I have no interest in debating them with other people. In fact, I’ve found the people who most love to debate politics are the ones least likely to actually listen to the other side. They already have their opinions cemented in stone and have no intention of budging. If I agree with their opinion, that’s great. But if I don’t, why would I waste my energy arguing with them?
Fortunately, I’m married to a like-minded person. That’s not to say we always vote the same or are affiliated with the same party, but he is as disinterested in talking about political issues as I am. We watch the debates together and might make a comment or two on what the candidates are saying, but we never get into heated arguments or stay mad over each other’s opinions. We simply agree to disagree and let the matter drop. In this current political climate, I think that’s a good strategy.