Don’t say words you will regret later!!
ESPECIALLY for the sake of politics!
With things heating up since the debate and as we approach voting in November, I thought I would share my one and only political post, which I originally shared on Facebook. I just don’t like politics or what it does to families and friends. I seldom participate in political discussions because they usually get heated and I just don’t like confrontation, ESPECIALLY over politics. 🙁
The political circus has once again turned family members and friends against each other, and caused them to say horrible things to and about one another simply for having different opinions and perspectives on candidates and issues. Mean-spirited comments have become the norm.
It’s hard to believe someone would ever call a family member or friend an idiot (or worse) under normal circumstances, yet it seems some how acceptable when it comes to politics and voting time.
I’ve read multiple statements to that effect even from people I know. All around Facebook especially, many people’s family members commenting to/about other family members and friends to/about friends–making sweeping general pronouncements: “Anyone who votes for _____ is an idiot” or “If you believe _____ , you’re an idiot” – or various other colorful or outright nasty words and phrases.
So apparently I’m an idiot according to some people out there, notoriously around Facebook. (Although technically, I assure you I am NOT an idiot, as I will soon join ranks with the top 2 – 3% of people in the US who earn doctorate degrees!)
I’ve also seen people on Facebook make the blanket statement that it’s a good thing NONE of the people on their “friends” list support _____ – or if they DO support _____, to “unfriend” themselves immediately, or get unfriended or blocked!!
Really? Over POLITICS??
My preferences and opinions are bound to differ from someone else’s, especially from those who are very vocal about their own, and who believe everyone should hold the same opinions and beliefs they hold. On one of my rare interactions on a political thread on Facebook, after posting a link to an actual recorded interview (which had been shared on numerous major news outlets), someone told me it was inaccurate and not true, and I should stop sharing it–because it was different than this person’s own perspective or belief about the candidate.
It’s frustrating when you can’t reason with someone who seems figuratively blind and deaf, and out of touch with reality, even when provided with proven facts. Many people won’t even consider alternative viewpoints without resorting to name-calling, manipulation, bullying, and other negative behaviors. Then again, I have to wonder if ANY of the news we hear is truly unbiased and 100% accurate!
It’s sad, hurtful, and even pathetic to think we can’t have civil discussions and debates without turning on one another, throwing out common decency, and wounding one another with such vicious and even vile comments, all because we can’t agree to disagree…about politics! In my opinion, it’s just not worth damaging relationships over politics.
Sometimes, the best move is to disengage and walk away, physically or virtually, when people continue to behave in toxic or trolling behavior just to fuel the fire. Nobody needs that kind of negativity from anyone who is acting like a storm cloud raining down stinging pellets, heated bolts, and boisterous noise.
We are all going to have to live with the outcome of the elections, for good or bad, whether “our” candidate wins or loses.
What then? Will civility return?
Will apologies be made for the confrontations and hateful comments?
As one of my fellow bloggers, Alana, stated upon reading my “one and only political post” on Facebook:
“May we all be friends again the day after Election Day.”
So what about YOU?
Do you actively engage in political discussions or do you tend to shy away?
Do you think this particular election is more volatile, and evokes more confrontation, than in past elections?