Are you tired of it too?
Did you know there’s an app for that? But wait, we’ll get back to that.
A few days ago, I read a friend’s enthusiastic post on Facebook. She saw President Obama and Vice President Biden in a crowd of 10,000 during a campaign tour. She wrote “It was a wonderful feeling being there, seeing all of the patriotism, the community, the crowd and not one incident of violence, not one incident of hate was reported.”
She went on to say that she was afraid of losing friends because of her strong beliefs and convictions.
Dozens of people responded to her post. Many showed support of the President while others were stronger on the side of freedom of speech. Reading through the comments, I felt compelled to say something.
Now, I don’t “do” politics within any social platforms. That’s a decision that I have adhered to. However, I was surprised by the statement of losing friends over political preference. Social media opens up our personal beliefs to a whole other audience beyond our in real life friends. It sometimes appears that people conduct themselves differently when it’s not face to face; perhaps being a little bolder in what they say or do, with a false sense of security as they lurk behind the "wall of computer".
We've all seen cat fights happen on a social network or two, fueled by strong convictions, right?
Back to our story. After much thought about how to convey my thoughts without revealing my preferences, I wrote: "For the record, I respect everyone's choice whether or not I agree with it. If you have strong convictions for either candidate, I will not try to change your mind or be mean and nasty because of it. I applaud anyone who does their research, has come to an understanding, and has made an educated choice. You're not losing a friend here!"
I received ten likes on that comment.
Nine of the ten likes were people I don’t know. In the next comment, I received an honorable mention from a stranger: "Gerry that's a terrific comment!"
Great! Substantiation that I said the right thing. I stand by my words above. Seriously, folks. Seeing someone's bashing of a candidate isn't going to affect my vote in the least. Those posts quickly get scrolled away. And, so are 99% of the other political posts.
Now, for those of you that want to make politics disappear, here are a few options:
- Facebook: Via Social Fixer. For steps, click here.
- Facebook: No Politics Please!
- And one that works for both Twitter and Facebook, Unpolitic.me
Richie Havens sang about freedom. We, as individuals, have the right to choose. Our choices stem from our own free well. And we shouldn't be chastised for them. This applies to subject matter far beyond politics.
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