Lately, especially in social media, I have my doubts if people can speak politics and play nice in the big sandbox of life. The lines in the sand are becoming deep and divided.
What happened to a good old-fashioned, healthy, respectful discussion or debate? I still see it, occasionally and participate in some at times, but the debates where we discuss the issues, the candidates, the political process (like it or not) with thoughtful inquisitiveness and healthy banter seem to be waning.
At least from my circles in social media. It seems to be standard protocol to unfriend, unfollow, resort to name calling or mudslinging when topics of politics begin online.
Why? Because we have differing views? Isn’t that what makes our country terrific? We have the right to make political choices, statements, WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE!
Democrats can be friends with Republicans, Unitarians and Independents. Can’t we?
I’m a registered voter with a political party. Do I always vote within that party? No. Sometimes not even close. Other times I fully support the party, the candidates nominated within the party, the stance.
What worries me is this outpouring of anger, hatred and divisiveness is hurting us, not pushing us forward. I think the minority of those slinging their views as the ONLY views are making the majority shy away from healthy discussions and debates. I don’t like the’ Us verses Them’ mentality I’m reading. I seriously dislike the character assassinations within the media. Gone seem to be the days of an actual interview. If a journalist asks a question, time should be given for an answer. Seems simple.
What happened to “We the republic?” I embrace our differences. I value our freedom to choose. What worries me is it seems many are silencing their views based upon the nastiness that often follows when they express them.
Have you noticed a drop in followers or friends becoming enemies simply based upon differing political views? How does this affect you?