Thursday, September 20, 2012

Fire and Gasoline OR Facebook and Politics

This is the first election that I have lived through on Facebook and I’m ready to run for cover. My newsfeed is so full of political postings and opinions that all the fact checkers would have to work six hundred hours a week just to sort the mess out. I’ve been foolish enough to be sucked into the drama, and then I declared my Facebook page a political free zone. I joined Facebook to keep up with people, more family than anything else, but I never saw this mess coming.

Here’s the deal, freedom of speech is a right afforded to all of us, but for goodness sake, does it have to be so hateful? Both sides are absolutely full of it, and I’m almost ashamed for the behavior of some individuals who post what they post. The name calling, the accusations that someone is an idiot or worse for what they believe is NOT a debate. It’s insulting and belittling. Sure, some are funny. The best news feed I read had a rant running a mile long on both sides when someone popped up and posted “Let’s talk about religion!”

My Daddy used to tell me “You should never talk religion and politics,” and I now understand what he meant by that. You can’t bludgeon someone over and over with the same hate speech and expect them to come over to your way of viewing things. They may be brain damaged after the fact, but they will forever see you in a different light. The other thing I’ve noticed is people forget who they have on their friend’s lists. Some have expressed hateful views about Catholics, Mexicans, Jews, and Muslims on their pages, and then they wonder why they get dropped as friends. Let’s face it folks, there is a time and a place for political pontification, but I doubt it’s for Facebook. It can’t be a debate with no give and take. It’s not an opinion when you express hate over one group or another, and when you disrespect one, you disrespect all.

I respect everyone’s right to pick whatever political party they wish and to vote in that direction. I do not however, feel respect when people belittle others for not sharing the same political views that they have. You can’t call someone a right wing religious zealot nut or a left wing commie pig and expect to have an intelligent debate.  Anyway, that’s my political rant for the day….unless you want to talk about religion.


  1. I love the facebook ad that came up on this post: Top Christian drug rehab! --Sheilah

  2. Totally agree, I'm not seeing so much of the calling someone an idiot stuff but I have very different political views from the majority of my friends. I'm not finding much humor or respect in the things some of them are posting. Feeling that I may be unsubscribing from a few until December. What I really hate is how it makes me feel and think of that person and their character differently :( How about sex, can we talk about sex?! Oh never mind, that kinda blew up over the summer @@

    1. Oh no....not going near the "sex" conversations! Seriously though, it is a sinking feeling when you see someone in a "less than" light. I may have to join you in not viewing Facebook. Mary

  3. I decided long ago not to ever discuss politics on Facebook. And I am happy to say I have stuck with that pact with myself. I wouldn't mind discussing the issues, but it always seems to turn into a disrespect thing. Sooo - back to the funny cat pictures...

  4. What I couldn'thelp noticing is that one of the 4gaby ads is currently for Romney. Geez, you can't escape it! Bring on the cat photos! Mary

  5. I tried to advise a family member of the pitfalls of political comments that "they" entered on Facebook. Sadly, it did not take.


Thank you so much for commenting - it makes our day! Your comment will appear just as soon as I get the wash out, and determine that you're a real person!