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Mikeystyle Donating Member (131 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 11:45 AM
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28. don't hold back!
I held back for years as a right-wing relative shot his mouth off about politics. He's not just a right-wing nutjob, he's arrogant as hell and as ignorant as possible. He's the type of guy who brings up an issue, then if anyone disagrees it's THIER fault---he goes ballistic and plays the victim. It used to be amusing, but even his own kids admit he's gotten worse (even as they make excuses for him).

A few years ago, I got tired of it. It wasn't planned, I just disagreed with him and he exploded---screaming at the top of his lungs. My cousin had to intervene to put a stop to the screaming, then Mr. Rightwing stormed off to the kitchen to play the vicitm (with more screaming).

I made it clear to those on his side of the family that if he was going to state his opinion, then I had the right to state mine and I would do so without reservation from now on.

Here's why this is a good thing---I've barely seen him since! We've had to say hi to each other at a few gatherings but that's it, just a formal hello and we stay as far from each other as possible. Even that only happens only once a year at most.

Moveon sent an email out this morning on rebuttals to Fox's talking points, titled "your conservative uncle." You can probably find it on their website. Don't try start a fight, but then again you shouldn't take crap from anyone.
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