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TALKING POINTS

HOW WE CAN SPEAK TO ONE ANOTHER, WITH CIVILITY AND RESPECT

 

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -- Maya Angelou

  • Be prepared to listen carefully and try to understand a different point of view. "Seek first to understand and then to be understood"

  • Positively acknowledge if the person is making sensible statements or ones you agree with.

  • Double up the praise for asserting real American values – love of country, love of democracy, respect for the rule of law, decency, civility, care for others.

  • Be prepared to switch the discussion from politics if person goes ‘out of bounds” eg. hate, obvious lies, conspiracy theories. Answer with “we don’t believe the same on that one”’ One of the nicest ones I heard was “It is a beautiful day and we are here together. Let’s not talk about politics”.

  • Focus and continue to switch the discussion to the relevant talking points --- not the red herrings or attempts to distract.

  • Avoid any discussion of “both sides-ism”. If a president has committed obstruction of justice per facts from Mueller report or the impeachment, there is no other side. The president is alleged to have committed those acts and obstruction of justice. It doesn’t matter if a person on the Mueller team was having an affair with a woman and they were exchanging emails about Trump. Stay focused. Say “let’s get back to what we were talking about”.

  • If the person cites a statistic or assertion that you don’t know about, don’t argue. Instead, say that “that doesn’t sound quite right. Let me check that out for myself. What is your reference?”

  • Acknowledge that it is refreshing to be able to discuss and disagree in a civil, respectful manner.

TEN POINTS OF AGREEMENT
FOR ALL AMERICANS

The purpose of this website is to provide you with a list of talking points on major issues or topics so you can talk to voters and be knowledgeable about key issues.

Focus on ideas that under a normal administration would seem obvious, our ten points of agreement:

  1. We deserve a president who tells the truth.

  2. Cabinet members should be advocates for their agency.

  3. Americans want clean air and water and believe in climate change.

  4. Every citizen should be encouraged to vote.

  5. No child should go to bed hungry.

  6. Canada and Mexico are not our enemies.

  7. Russia is not our friend, and is trying to undermine democracy.

  8. The press is not the enemy.

  9. The tax cut benefits corporations and the wealthy, not the middle class.

  10. Children belong with their parents.