Over the last couple of months my Facebook news feed has been a non-stop barrage of Obama vs. Romney political debate. Well, not so much a debate, as it is a mountain of “facts” on which one lied about what, the unbelievable thing they said that day, and why I’m downright crazy if I don’t vote for the candidate you’re voting for. It’s overwhelming to see, especially when all I am looking for is a humorous Dog meme or something to brighten my day. But no, instead I get fancy political graphs depicting how much Barack Obama has or hasn’t done for the country. Personally, I’ve actually had a good time being ambiguously political on Facebook, it’s sort of been my sane way to cope with the amount of hatred spewing back and forth between people. I like to think of myself as the kind of guy that would break up a fight at a frat house by squeezing between the two bros with a calm “Hey now, why don’t you both go sit down, have a beer and calm down because you both kind of look like a couple of douchebags right now.” That’s basically how I feel about political debate. My general line of thinking is go ahead and believe what you believe, just take it to the voting booth and shut up about it. You know you’re not going to change anyone’s mind. Example…
SOMEBODY TELL ME HOW OFTEN THIS SCENARIO PLAYS OUT:
- Action – Conservative Facebook user posts NOBAMA picture
- Reaction – Obama Supporter sees said pic and comments “Hey, I was planning to vote Obama four more years until I saw your pic. Your personal belief that Obama is not a good president has made me rethink my opinion of him, therefore I resign my vote for him and will look into other candidate options. Thanks!”
- Action – Liberal Facebook user shares graph depicting job growth under Obama’s first term
- Reaction – Conservative Facebook user sees said graph and comments “I had no idea so many jobs were created under Obama’s first term, thank you for sharing such an insightful statistic with me. I now have good evidence to change my vote from Romney to Obama”
I’m willing to bet neither of those have ever played out as such. We also do this thing I like to call “the ol’ let’s have a respectful and clean discussion routine” where a lonely someone bates their friends into sharing their political opinions so by the third comment down a heated debate begins to brew. 40 minutes and 72 overly thought out comments later (mainly between two or three people) nothing is accomplished and a few folks have wasted their valuable time “exercising their freedom of speech.” Hows about we exercise our freedom of speech encouraging one another in a positive non-political way? For you see the irony in these mean Facebook discussions, these spiteful comments, low blows, attacks and allegations is that we would never be this harsh to one another face to face, especially in defense of a complete stranger. Why are we doing this to one another online and to what do you owe that specific candidate that you defend them so much you’re willing to damage a relationship you have with another person? Do you sincerely trust their word that much? Point the ignorance finger as much as you want to your opposing political side, but believing that a politician is going to deliver everything he promises on the campaign trail, well, THAT to me is ignorance no matter what side your on.