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This is a moment where we all need to be organizers. Let's start today on Thanksgiving.

Imagine you are sitting across the table from your relative who voted for Donald Trump. You may be tempted to ignore them, yell at them, or flick turkey at their heads.

Instead, try talking to them -- and help a big messaging project the PCCC is undertaking by letting us know what you learned.

We know Donald Trump is likely about to betray many of his own voters by siding with big corporations. It's important that we test how to bring Trump voters (especially those who voted for President Obama or Bernie Sanders) around to our side. Ask your Trump-voting relatives a few of these questions:

Why did you vote for Trump?
When you think about the future, what do you worry about?
I feel like Wall Street banks have too much control over our economy. We're on the verge of a meltdown because of their bad decisions. What do you think the solution is?
One thing I worry about with all the talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act is that bureaucrats at insurance companies would get even more power to make life-or-death decisions. What do you think we should do about the big insurance companies?
Republicans in Congress want to pass legislation that would cut hundreds of dollars a month from most Social Security checks. Why do you think they want to do that? How would that impact your life?
The ones I blame most for the economic situation many people are in are the corporations that bought our government and sold out our jobs. Don’t they seem like the biggest enemy?
I think many Democratic politicians have lost their way too. If you could tell them anything, what would you tell them?
Listen to the answers. Listen as hard as you can for places where it turns out they agree with progressives. It's not going to be easy. Listening is the hardest and most essential act of organizing.

Then, click this link to share what you heard.
(Let me know if you want the link)
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You must be a blast to have Thanksgiving with Lindy.

We'll have a decent dinner today. A few younger liberals, many Bernie supporters, some Trump supporters. I doubt more than 5 minutes will be devoted to politics, I hope so anyway;)

Most of us are not really worried. Maybe 2-3 fragile people will need to shed a tear or two, probably most will say something great about Bernie. Yes, Bernie is the safe place.

But why discuss such divisive nonsense on Thanksgiving anyway?

"Listening is the hardest and most essential act of organizing."

Yes it is, probably why they lost too. Watch some football, listen to some music, try to stop making fun of people and converting them.
Have a good meal and be thankful you're not on the front lines being shot at.
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Liberal condescension is a big part of what got Trump elected, as well as Republican majorities in congress and state legislatures and governors.

Why don't Dems listen to their inner voices and try to figure out what is wrong with their message that got Republicans put in charge almost everywhere, and not just the White House?
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Why did you vote for Trump?

Mainly to cheese off progressives.

When you think about the future, what do you worry about?

Having to listen to whining progressives.

I feel like Wall Street banks have too much control over our economy. We're on the verge of a meltdown because of their bad decisions. What do you think the solution is?

Stop feeling and start thinking and perhaps you wouldn't stay stupid stuff like this.

One thing I worry about with all the talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act is that bureaucrats at insurance companies would get even more power to make life-or-death decisions. What do you think we should do about the big insurance companies?

Bureaucrats at the insurance companies scare you more than big government bureaucrats? You're a special kind of stupid aren't you!

Republicans in Congress want to pass legislation that would cut hundreds of dollars a month from most Social Security checks. Why do you think they want to do that? How would that impact your life?

This does distress me. I want them to eliminate Socialist Security, not merely tinker with it. How would a 12.4% raise impact my life? Quite positively! How would I survive the government not screwing me over by "investing" for my own good? Pretty well!

The ones I blame most for the economic situation many people are in are the corporations that bought our government and sold out our jobs. Don’t they seem like the biggest enemy?

Shut up you idiot. Government is the greater danger.

I think many Democratic politicians have lost their way too. If you could tell them anything, what would you tell them?

Cut lengthwise, not crosswise.
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I went with ignore. When you're the only educated voter in the room, you can't possibly change any minds or be thought of as anything but a villain. It is like bringing a gun to a spitball fight.

My 82-year-old mother dominated the conversation by complaining about everything under the sun. I went in the other room and watched football with the younger adults, then made an early exit before the conversation turned to politics.
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When you're the only educated voter in the room,..............and you still wonder why you lost......
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I know exactly why we lost. Have someone explain the following to you:

"In the 2016 election, a wide gap in presidential preferences emerged between those with and without a college degree. College graduates backed Clinton by a 9-point margin (52%-43%), while those without a college degree backed Trump 52%-44%. This is by far the widest gap in support among college graduates and non-college graduates in exit polls dating back to 1980."

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/09/behind-trump...

Now please make something up, because if you reply with a fact and a source the shock might kill me.
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I just realized you must have delusions of being Mahatma Gandhi.Gandhi 's non violent protest against was done through a hunger strike.You were on his level by refusing a second course of turkey and gravy.Your courage is remarkable.I see your actions do measure up to your mouth.You have all my respect for carrying the democrat's struggle to new levels.I think if you refused the mashed potatoes , you would have achieved the Nobel Peace prize....Alas somethings are just too difficult to sacrifice..
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What an empty, pathetic life you must have. You could just end it, you know. hahahahaha you are a funny man.
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Listen to the answers. Listen as hard as you can for places where it turns out they agree with progressives. It's not going to be easy. Listening is the hardest and most essential act of organizing.

I normally wouldn't respond to this but this sentence is quite revealing. The hardest part of listening is understanding that you may actually be wrong and the other person may have a point that is valid.

I'm not saying Trump is a good person or will make a good president and I did not support him in any way. I will listen to anyone who wants to explain their rationale for voting for him and I will listen with a concerted effort to determine if that persons views are more accurate or make more sense than mine.

To be honest, I've been fairly impressed with some of his statements since he won the election and he has made some decent decisions. I am open to the possibility that he may be a good president and might even be good for the country. No matter what I think, I have been wrong before and will be again so I'm open to learning something new or changing my mind when confronted with rational arguments.

Calabogie
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