I did my best there but it’s an annoying group at times. Not sure why I’m there except those 18 (including me) give me hope. Sometimes I can convince the stubborn… I always have hope and keep pushing for what’s right.
I’m pretty good at cutting through their rhetoric to get to a human-to-human discussion, although it takes a while sometimes. I look to get at least some sympathy for my position, some understanding as that’s a partial thaw. Usually I can get there although not with everybody of course.
Trick is getting from the issue vs issue common talking points into a realm where they see your humanity and they realize you see theirs. Some people aren’t worth the bother but if I see intelligence there, I try.