Politics & Social Media: What Happens When They Mix
The other night, I posted a link to an anti-Trump post on Facebook.
You can already imagine what happened.
Whether you’re for or against the Presidential candidate, publishing negative political posts on social media will undoubtedly get a far left- or right-hander commenter in no time.
I’m not going to rehash the drama that ensued because…well, frankly because I don’t care to do so.
Also, it’s not what this post is about. This post is about the ever-Positive Polly in me that wants to look on the bright side and see the lessons that came from this.
We’re not all going to agree…
Before I really get going here, it’s important to understand – and maybe this is just for me to acknowledge – that we’re not all going to agree…ever.
Especially about politics.
And that’s ok! In fact, that’s awesome. What a boring place the world would be if we all agreed about everything.
…But we do need to have respect
No matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on, you need to have respect for the other side. I’m not even going to say that you should have respect…you need to have respect for the opposing side.
Without it, we’re just as bad off as any other country at war. And, let’s face it, we’re worried about problems like debt and healthcare.
Meanwhile, let’s just put things into perspective: other countries are worried about surviving another day thanks to famine, war, unfair judicial process, and much more. So much more than we can even imagine.
Also, I think we need to be better about having respect for the man in office.
Yes, I am an Obama supporter. However, I’ve made the choice that if and when a Republican is in office, I refuse to criticize him or her. Why? I’m not the President. I’m not the one with the hardest, most challenging, most difficult job ever invented. I’m not the one that can’t please everyone…because that is impossible.
If you don’t like it, do something about it
If you want to criticize someone in office, go right ahead.
But my first question is always going to be: what are you doing to make a difference?
Are you volunteering in your local Republican or Democratic office? Are you calling up your State Senator and asking them to pass a new bill that would have a positive effect on your community or state?
My guess is no…because most of us expect miracles. We expect a dream. After all, that’s what it means to be American, right?
The problem is…you can’t have the American dream without working for it. So: if you don’t like it, do something about it. Make a change or, if all else fails, try another country where you like the rules better.
If you have a helpful – intelligent – thought to add, I welcome you to comment below. I think starting intelligent conversations about politics is necessary; but if you are going to spew hate, please share it elsewhere.