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Wednesday, November 24, 2004

 

How to talk with Bush voters http://www.rockridgeinstitute.org/research/lakoff/howtorespond

posted by Todd at Wednesday, November 24, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
Just (barely) in time for Thanksgiving, probably the first family get-together since the election for most people.... how to respond to the Bush voters in your family

UPDATE (Aziz): The single most important one is reprinted below the fold:
Show respect to the conservatives you are responding to. No one will listen to you if you don’t accord them respect. Listen to them. You may disagree strongly with everything that is being said, but you should know what is being said. Be sincere. Avoid cheap shots. What if they don’t show you respect? Two wrongs don’t make a right. Turn the other cheek and show respect anyway. That takes character and dignity. Show character and dignity.


Also note that of the lengthy list of guidelines in the link, they can all be distilled into four simple rules: 1. Show respect, 2. Respond by reframing, 3. Think and talk at the level of values, 4. Say what you believe.


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