by Madeline Laughs
The upcoming Presidential election looms in the very near future. It is always a tense time for our country and the behaviors and the tempers of our neighbors are on the edge. Never does a person’s true colors show better than when a new President is about to be elected, or re-elected.
This year I have watched the back-biting, the insults and the lowest form of self expression I have ever witnessed during a Presidential election, and I never had to leave the house to see it. All of this mutual hatred was available to me 24/7 right here on my computer screen. The word politics has always been a taboo subject, but this year the word took on a whole new rotten patina.
Politics in the age of cyber communication has become downright nasty and unacceptable.
Everyday I can log in to my account and see political jokes, racial slurs, accusations, fights and throw-downs between people that are supposed to be friends. The partisan divisions have people at odds with one another and the anonymity of the Interwebs gives anyone free will to do and say just about anything they please with little or no repercussions.
I was invited to join a few political discussion groups. I have to confess that after my experience last year that had nothing to do with politics, I was hesitant to join in on any more discussion group activities. I made the decision not to participate in any of those groups this particular year after a few frustrating attempts trying to reason with people that are naturally unreasonable on a regular basis. Forget trying to discuss politics with them!
My decision not to join a group was more to salvage my own peace of mind, than to avoid discussion. I don’t think that a Presidential election year is the right time to have those kinds of talks with friends. Everyone needs to be able to vote with their heart based on the information they have available to them that fits their own belief system.
If you find yourself depressed these days using a social network that once brought you a lot of joy then do yourself a favor and take advantage of the features installed that allow you to block out the people determined to let everyone know who they’re voting for at any cost. Take them out of your sight until December and go on enjoying the funny jokes and pretty pictures and status updates of the rest of us out here that already know who we’re voting for. Let the rest of them battle it out and…
…may the best man win.
- New Facebook Discussion Group (thesensoryspectrumblog.com)
- Secular Freethinking Discussion Group: 7PM TODAY at The Quiet Storm Coffeehouse (steelcityskeptics.net)
- It’s Election Time Again, Charlie Brown (blogs.lawyers.com)
- Political Campaigns: The American Way (frted.wordpress.com)
- “Secretary Clinton Delivers Powerful Religion Speech After Middle East Embassy Attacks.” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- On Insults (feministphilosophers.wordpress.com)