Nov 5, 2012

I'm Calling For a Cease and Desist on the Online Political Bullying

I turned 18 six weeks after a Presidential election but I still registered to vote right away. I got into politics that year after my government teacher assigned us 15 hours of political campaigning or a 15 page paper. My 17 year old self was smart and chose the campaigning and a political junkie was born. My husband would like to punch that teacher occasionally, like when I drag him door to door for various political causes.

Now you'll notice that I don't talk about politics on my blog. I made an exception once before when Congress had the nerve to say that they deserved a raise. And today the day before the election, I'm going to make another exception. Why? Because it's not lost on me that women have only had the privilege to vote for 92 years, something our Grandmothers (or great-grandmothers for you youngsters) were born without. And now 92 years later I'm watching my friends rip each other to shreds on FB over different political opinions.

I'm watching grown women get downright ugly on Facebook with their friends. The same women who are teaching their children to be kind to one another are name calling and acting like bullies. Since when did it become OK to tell someone that their opinion is crap or stupid? Since when did it become OK to say to someone that only a real woman would vote for blah blah, or that a true Christian would only vote for blah blah or how can you not support blah blah, she's a woman?

BTW my favorite part of these arguments is that I've seen both sides of the aisle play the Christian card for both Presidential candidates. It's good to know that both the Republicans and Democrats in my life know with absolute certainty who a real Christian should vote for. Perhaps they are FB friends with Jesus so they can speak with such certainty. Note to self....become FB friends with Jesus; then I can send in my prayers and update my status all at the same time.

Can we call a cease and desist order immediately? It's enough already! There were generations of women who fought for our privilege to vote. Women who went to jail just so we could vote. And how are we thanking these courageous women? We are becoming Facebook bullies over differences of opinions.

I'm tired of seeing the fighting and I'm sure there are many of you who are sick of it too. And until today, I've stayed quiet about the fighting and I haven't said a word. (I don't discuss politics on FB either.) But enough is enough already ladies! I have a different life experiences, beliefs, and morals than you. Things that bother me don't necessarily bother you and vice versa. AND THAT IS OK! It's what makes me who I am. You don't need to be me. And I don't need to be you! (Because I'm me and I'm fabulous!)

We tell our kids that it's OK to be different from their friends and then we bash women for being different. NEWSFLASH-Your children are watching you. Some of them are old enough to have FB accounts and can see what you are saying to your friends. We lead by example. Do you really want them to copy your ugly political name calling?

Remember that we are all given the privilege to vote. It can be taken away and unless you are a white male landowner-someone fought for your privilege to vote. So go out and vote! And stop the personal attacks over politics.

12 comments:

  1. Amen. Very refreshing post. I have lost my share of sleep over the lack of civility on FB (and the thought that my twins - now just 2 - will one be subjected to it as well). I know tomorrow will be rough on FB either way, but I am looking forward to expressing my voice with my vote. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm avoiding FB like the plague for the next fews days. I just can't take it anymore.

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  2. Well put.
    I voted. The end.
    It reminds me of a great bumper sticker - "Don't believe everything you think!"

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    1. I love that bumper sticker! I voted early too, I like to avoid the lines. Although in NV 56% of registered voters voted early so I think the lines won't be long this year.

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  3. Well, great minds think alike! You know that I agree with you!! It's truly disheartening.

    The worst for me (outside of how hard it's been on the kids AT SCHOOL, for crying out loud) is when people who have always seemed nice and "normal" seem to lose their minds and say the ugliest things on FB. Why do people do that? No, it doesn't make me think you're right, it makes me think you are not nice. I have very strong beliefs but I wouldn't want to insult or be rude to people I supposedly like. I just don't get it.

    I'm just over this election. I want it OVER. I am ready. (and I voted over a week ago.) I just wish it would actually BE over once the election is over. That's probably too much to hope for. --Lisa

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    1. That is really hard to watch nice people lose it over opinions. I'm so happy the election is over and everyone can move on.

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  4. I'm so glad the election is going to be over in a few hours. I am SOOOO tired of people acting like jerks about it. Guess what? No one ever changed their mind about ANY topic by being bullied, pestered, and harassed. People can be so obnoxious about politics.

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    1. I've noticed that some people think if they are the loudest person in the room, that will make them right. I hate to break it to them that it doesn't work that way. And you're right, it just turns people off when someone bullies them.

      It's over now. I'm go glad that in a few days things will die down and FB can be a place where people brag about their kids grades and other accomplishments.

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  5. Amen, sister! We don't seem to get as passionate about our politics here in Canada (in fact, we're more passionate about US politics than we are about our own, which is a problem unto itself, but I'll leave that for another rant)but I could not agree more. It's a democracy, which means everyone is entitled to their opinion, and that's a beautiful thing.
    (p.s. I am your newest GFC follower - this post alone completely sold me!)) ;)

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    1. Ahh well thank you for the follow.

      That's a little strange to me that Canadians get more fired about about American politics. But I'm so glad the election is over and we can all move on and try to fix some of my country's problems......together as a hopefully united country. Wishful thinking, but you just never know.

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  6. I have been so stunned by the way my friends have been behaving and responding to the election. Stunned.

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    1. The response to the election was even worse than the days building up to it. I've avoided social media today after seeing all the comments in the morning. It's just too much and I can't take it anymore. I really wish people could see that more unites us than divides us. I choose to look at the similarities instead of the differences.

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