Excusing Yourself from Political Conversation
Politics seem to be everywhere, even in some houses of worship. Such is the nature of the times we live in, I suppose. I have talked to many people who have said, “You know, I used to hang out with so and so, but she is constantly talking politics and we don’t see eye to eye. It’s making it hard to hang out.”
Guess what? You do not have to feel obligated to talk politics! I cannot stress this enough—-you do not have to talk politics. At this point, I usually hear, “But I don’t want to be rude,” or “He/she does not stop.” Here is the fact: you cannot control other people! You cannot change other people. However, you are 100% in charge of your own reactions.
How to Exit a Discussion Involving Politics
So, how does one exit a political conversation like a lady?
- Yes, I have heard of _____. I just hope for the best.
- You know what? I’m sorry, politics is just not on the forefront of my mind here. I’m here to enjoy myself.
- I am glad we are all together eating a meal, and in this moment, it does not matter what happens outside these walls.
- I don’t want to speak of politics now.
The Key to Success
The key to this conversation as a lady is polite dismissal. Do not leave anything open ended for discussion. Keep the answers very closed. Yes, the individual may keep pushing a bit, but eventually, they will look out of place pushing a non-conversation. The polite attitude is important because this will not allow the individual to flip the script and pull something like, “Well, figures you are a XYZ supporter because you so rude!”
If you have a friendship in which you share separate political views, it does not mean you have to hate one another now! You can in fact set boundaries with one another to keep politics out of your friendship!
I do hope this helps, and always feel free to get in touch with me if you need more ideas on this subject! In the comments, let me know how you deal with unwanted political conversation!