All Kent County, Maryland. All the time. A discussion of everything about our slice of paradise.
Anyone who has ever been involved with a sales organization should tell where this conversation is going.
Def: imply - to say or express indirectly
Def: consent - to be of the same mind or opinion
When a states a position or makes a comment to you about an issue that is inclusive of their opinion concerning that issue... and you don't offer a counter or supportive comment... then you have given that person your implied consent... regardless of your opinion. That person will leave that conversation believing that you agree with them. And establishes you as either being 'for' or 'against' what ever that person is 'for' or 'against'.
OK - sometimes silence is golden as opposed to being a jerk. Sometimes silence is golden when you don't want to argue an issue. But... in doing so... you have given that person your consent, unintended as it may be, that you agree. Think about it.
you have given that person your consent>>>>
It's great if you have 'Socratic Dialogues' on the issues or a specific issue. Unfortunately, it's like asking behavioral questions... people can get very uncomfortable with the direction of a conversation of this type.
Have you ever heard someone defend Mr tRump without them degrading the Dems as part of the process? Well... he's better than blah, blah, blah... . It's a style that has been a learned experience for his supporters... learned from him. Mix the issues... deny, deny, deny... blame someone or something else.