According to Quinnipiac University, 21% of Americans are “looking forward” to bringing up the subject during the holiday. That means among each 10 person dinner party there are likely 2 guests who will mention politics. So what should you do?
The dinner table has always been a place to share food & ideas. Despite a self-aware aversion to politics over in our country, we at New Politics believe civility can be maintained. Take an extra ten seconds to consider your audience & adjust accordingly.
Honest discourse is a hallmark of American democracy.
In the spirit of the holiday, and family being together, we encourage you to find some common ground. Avoid specific issues and narrow in on what you expect from the individuals who represent you. Values-based conversations tend to lead to more productive outcomes. Even if there’s disagreement around the table about specific policies, platforms, or politicians, you’re bound to find agreement with others on the kind of nation we should be and the virtues our leaders should embody.
What are the values of your ideal political candidate?
New Politics believes our nation needs leaders who have served in both the military and national service organizations. When you serve, you learn how to work together with people from different backgrounds, lead diverse teams, and solve tough problems. You learn what it means to lead with courage, integrity, and empathy — and how to put country first.
We’ve compiled a list to help you identify your own core values. Pick three and determine if there’s any overlap between yourself and anyone else at the table. After doing so, you might discover it easier to broach difficult subjects and even change some minds.
Having trouble picking core values?
Take the Pew Research quiz to define your political leanings. That should help point you in the right direction.
What is New Politics?
New Politics was founded in 2013 by City Year alumna Emily Cherniack, who saw during her service and subsequent political experience both the lack of support for national service alumni trying to re-enter public service and the transformational impact they could have if elected.
Now more than ever our nation needs leaders who have served our country and know what it means to put others first. We need Americans who have put everything aside to serve our communities outside of politics to serve our country as political leaders.
Learn more: https://www.newpolitics.org/