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The sad reality is — these days more than ever — there are people like this in lots of families. People who can’t seem to leave their opinions and politics at home and have a nice time on one of the best holidays of the year. People who think it’s their moral duty to “correct” and “deprogram” others who happen to hold different views.

May your Thanksgiving be free of people like Molly Jong-Fast.

You may also be the one person who unreservedly loves Thanksgiving, but let’s be honest, for most of us a five-hour meal with relatives you see once a year is no one’s idea of a great time. Have you ever thought, This is the gauzy Hallmark-movie fantasy I’ve always longed for?

I’ve done 43 Thanksgivings, and the best one was probably in 1997, when I was 19 and getting sober at Hazelden in Center City, Minnesota. I’m here to tell you Thanksgiving is terrible, and if you at least spend the time trying to deprogram your niece, you won’t be bored or depressed (though you might be enraged that Fox News or Infowars has convinced her Trump can “save America” from Joe Biden’s radical agenda of giving people hearing aids and free pre-K).

Maybe it won’t work. Maybe you’ll leave Thanksgiving dinner as divided as you were when you sat down at the table five hours and 4,000 calories ago. Or maybe you’ll plant the seed, sow just a little doubt about whatever Tucker Carlson is saying now. Maybe you’ll even change a heart or a mind. Maybe you’ll bring the temperature down just a tiny bit. Or maybe you’ll need to report a relative to the FBI! Either way, it’s something to do besides just eat.

— Molly Jong-Fast in Deprogram your relatives this Thanksgiving

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    • And for some of you NUGS (Nam slang ‘for New Guys’ in the platoon) to the philosophy and pragmatic application of Marxist Nihilism, this is a clear example of the terminally poisoned and convoluted individualist mentality inherent in the collective of this ‘extreme’ and ultimately deleterious social paradigm.
      If you want ‘something to do besides eat’ instead of ratting on your nephew to Police State totalitarians because he was an Oath Keeper first responder to Hurricanes and Floods, you could always get a good ‘Ol Fashioned lobotomy? I mean…you’re halfway there already. Then You’d just ‘silly-smile’ and drool your way through the dinner without saying much at all! And you wouldn’t be ruining a nice thanksgiving for everyone else? Now THAT’s true Commie Value Production!

  1. When she originally published this yesterday she got immediate pushback. After awhile she posted that it was a “humor” piece. Right.

    • Molly Jong-Fast seems like a very unpleasant and unhappy person. I’m so glad that I don’t have people like her in my immediate family. I always enjoy Thanksgiving, as does our whole family.

      We will have sixteen people at our house for Thanksgiving dinner, and I like them all quite well. We are generally a pleasant and happy group.

      I think much of that had to do with the fact that all but one of the sixteen are believers in, and followers of Jesus Christ. One cousin coming today isn’t, but at least he is a political conservative, believes in traditional American values, and is respectful of the Christian faith.

      I will try not to get into a COVID spat with my dad and sister. They tend to believe the mainstream media account of COVID, while my uncle and I (who both have science backgrounds) believe that the official COVID narrative just doesn’t add up, and that a healthy immune system is a better defense than lockdowns, masks, and jabs promoted by globalist psychopaths.

      • As a non-vaccinated individual, I find that I agree completely with Art out West”, especially in light with the fact that many vaccinated x 2 folks are winding up with covid. At the ripe old age of 72, I’ve never had the flu (never taken the anti-flu shots either; no masking, no isolation, just a healthy lifestyle. I don’t jump on people that do mask and get jabbed, but I won’t

      • Art out West,

        There is a small “silver lining” under this gray cloud: Molly proves once again–once and for all–that you should immediately dismiss anything that a woman says if she hyphenates her last name.

        It isn’t a “cause and effect” type of thing. Rather, it is an extreme correlation thing. (Women who hyphenate their last names embrace every aspect of Far Left political group think.)

    • Progressives love no one – not even their families. A progressive’s parents push the progressive out of the house early, or resign themselves to the fact that a progressive will be living in their basement forever. Either way, the family has to tolerate the presence of an obnoxious progressive at holiday dinner.

      • “To both Thanksgiving, and the USA in general.”

        They truly despise this nation.

        It disgusts them. They believe it cannot be ‘corrected’, the entire thing must be torn town and a new constitution implimated.

        Fvck. That. Noise.

        If you despise it that much, pack your luggage and leave.

        I’m willing to raise taxes to provide one-way tickets out…

        • “I’m willing to raise taxes to provide one-way tickets out…”

          Heck, I betchya if we passed the hat around, TTAG readers could raise enough …

        • Amazing how everything uniquely American about America stokes their hatred, yet never inspires them to hop on a plane for the “enlightened” rest of the world / leave us the hell alone.

    • Ah we’re going to a restaurant for Thanksgiving per my son. In Indiana. No problem(I guess). Used to go to my good brother’s & my other leftard brother would spout idiotic BS. That hasn’t happened in some 8 or 9 years so let the feasting begin!

  2. For good or at least bearable time, don’t talk about religion or political issues.

    For violations, send them to the children’s table

    • I always liked sitting at children’s table. They’re more entertaining than my adult relatives. Besides, while everyone is arguing politics I’m quitely schooling them on why the left is full of shit. As for Miss Molly I’m-Miserable-and-I-Want-Everyone-Else-To-Be-Miserable-Too, her favorite Christmas character is probably the Grinch.

    • We have a special time-out table on the deck off of the dining room…. currently the wind chill is 5 degrees outside. Happy Thanksgiving from Minnesota.

      • Pb, Happy Thanksgiving from N Florida. Your time out table won’t work for us. It’s sunny and 70 degrees with a light breeze from the south. Mom has a patio table and chairs. Those seats will be the first to go.

        • “It’s sunny and 70 degrees with a light breeze…”

          Sounds like cold jacket weather when you are a full-time Florida resident!

  3. So a lib-tarded addict believes she’s morally superior to everyone else? Shocking. I’m sure everyone else is thrilled she’s coming to harp at them.

  4. On the other side, any of us might also change someone’s mind. Or have to shoot them for calling the FBI and getting the dog killed 😉

    Another thing to be thankful for; while my in-laws are crazy, they aren’t leftists.

  5. Sounds like her niece is a smart girl. Assuming she identifies as a cisgender female humanoid, that is.

  6. Let’s start a new, real list. I’ll go first:

    Rule Number one: If after eating 8-9 deviled eggs in a row, and you get the feeling you gotta go, don’t chance it, go!

  7. “report a relative to the FBI!”

    Get it? Because we’re all terrorists! Hilarious!

    These people really hate Tucker don’t they?

    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your time with your relatives. You never know what could happen.

  8. I will take this day to relax and spend a small amount of time with something of a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Recognizing what the meaning of this holiday actually is with everything that has been transpiring of late. It is nothing short of a miracle to be here today and do this. So many of passed and are no longer able to take part.

    Do as you will. Discuss whatever you wish. Choose wisely.

  9. Don’t be an asshole to your family during Holiday dinner. It’s that simple. If people can’t control their political ramblings for a few hours than they are an irredeemable asshole.

  10. Every year the NPCs get a barrage of messaging telling them to go out into their families’ homes during Thanksgiving and wage ideological war against the people who aren’t in the woke cult. A core pillar of Marxism is the destruction and disruption of the family unit, it’s quite intentional.

  11. The Communist Party cannot abide strong families that are loyal to one another. They require that all loyalty be to the Party, or to the State, insofar as the Party and the State are one.

    • The CCP is conducting a war on celebrities as a part of their new cultural revolution. Popular TV shows are being replaced by party propaganda. And people are turning to the internet as an alternative.

      • My teenage daughter mentioned last night that new kids movies aren’t as good as they used to be. We were looking over some of the movies we used to watch. It’s because everything has to have a political message now. Entertainment is secondary. Look at the late night talk shows.

  12. My Spider-Sense started tingling when I saw the last name (Jong-Fast). Did a quick search, and discovered I was correct. She’s the daughter of Erica Jong and the grand-daughter of Howard Fast.

    This explains much. She didn’t fall far from the radical family tree. Except maybe for talent. Mum and especially grand-dad were gifted writers. Molly, apparently not so much.

  13. Been a standing rule for many years. No politics or religious discussions at dinner. And none of such discussions if guns or alcohol are involved. Keep things civil.
    To all who read these posts. Have a happy and safe Thanks Giving.

  14. We’re having Thanksgiving this year in leftist heaven, Seattle. I just hold my tongue and pack while walking the downtown streets. How enjoyable is that!?

  15. Everyone, on all sides, should just shut up and eat their turkey. Or whatever sort of vegan abomination they are comfortable with.

  16. Let me add something to this article. Don’t invite a Leftist Socialist Anti-Gunner to your thanksgiving celebration. They don’t understand the meaning of our Thanksgiving Holiday. They consider it a prelude to Black Friday only.

  17. That’s a lot of words to admit that you’re a dry drunk.

    Besides, everyone knows that the best part of Thanksgiving 2021 is blathering loudly about nonsensical CoV-2 mandates while waving around a pregnancy test and ironically coughing near anyone over the age of 50.

    Happy bird-day all.

  18. Hilldabeast expresses Thanksgiving wishes by calling the American people “too STUPID to understand everything Braindead Biden has done for them”…

  19. Look at it as an opportunity. Peel off an impressionable nephew and let em know that Uncle “YOUR NAME HERE” would be delighted if they could come visit and shoot discounted pumpkins in the backyard. Don’t tell, show.

    • BASHer,

      “… shoot discounted pumpkins in the backyard.”

      If you really want to up the fun-factor, drill a small-ish hole in those pumpkins and fill them with water before shooting them!

  20. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with 16 people over, ranging in age from 9 months to 80. Several different religions were represented as well as the full political spectrum. No fights, no raised voices, no problems. We sipped whiskey, ate like pigs and played with babies, and talked about work and kids and cars and guns and the friends who couldn’t make it. We talked about Thanksgivings gone by and those loved ones who are no longer with us.
    We avoided politics and religion and things went fine.

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