Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Vow of Political Celibacy.

I'm a gal who loves her Social Media. Really, really loves her social media. If you know me, you know this to be true. I'm rarely without a social media source or outlet and start having the shakes when the place where I'm dining doesn't show up for me to check in or tag.

Lately my news feed has become a greater source of frustration than it has been an outlet of light-hearted fun. With about 4 months left until the BIG election, misinformation and the usual Obama hate is already at an all time high. I've reached my limit. You can only witness the defense of racism, and the war on women's rights for so long before feeling the need to punch someone in jeans.

I'm not a political person. At least I try not be. I know what I believe in, and what the Husband and I feel is best for our family. I don't push my views on others because it truly might not be best for them.  Hell, my beliefs now might not be what's best for me in 5 years.

I don't go on public message boards and call others names and question their intelligence because of their views. I respect their right to choose. (Ha!) I can be convinced that I am wrong, or at least that a compromise is desirable, if and/or when I'm dealing with reasonable opposing arguments.

Because we live here in the deep ass, conservative south, the majority of the people we know or are related to, do not share our views. Which begs the question, why do we continue to live in such a close minded, progressively challenged area, willingly... Sometimes I truly wonder what keeps us from fleeing to another part of the country, one that isn't so repressed and backwards. The thought of raising my children around such close minded idiocy, concerns me.

Lately Facebook has become an outlet for moronic forwards of misinterpretation and flat out hatred for the President of OUR United States. If you don't agree with his policy and you feel like he's "running this great Nation into the ground," that's fine. You're entitled to your opinion on the matter.  I actually love a good EDUCATED debate or discussion regarding my beliefs. I enjoy learning about why others believe the way they do. It makes me smarter, it challenges me to research and to learn. But it seems as though now, I spend my time trying to debunk the uneducated shit that flows out of some people's computers like a virus. Why? I'm not really sure. I don't expect to change their mind. But for some odd reason I feel the need to at least point them in the right direction and show them that not everything they read can be taken at face value. Red or Blue. There is no excuse for such anti-intellectualism.

But, no more. I'm done. I hesitate to make this vow because it's a long way until November, and if there is anything I love as much as my Social Media, it's Reality Television having the last word, but I'm going to do it. I'm going to give it my all. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.

So here it goes:

I vow to no longer engage with uneducated, misinformed people via social media. I will no longer give my time to a picture of Obama with horns. I will ignore and resign myself to my happy place.

You cannot bait me.

I am un-baitable.

In order to make things easier,  I will hide or delete anyone who posts something that I can prove to be false in less than one minute by doing a simple little search using this tool we call, Google. No offense, it goes along with my need to have the last word. This condition is a must.

When Obama wins in November, I vow not to gloat. A simple "Woo to the Hoo" should be sufficient in explaining my feelings.

Should Romney win, I will then un-hide the hidden, as I will most likely need Facebook in order to stay in contact with them when we flee the Country.

How about you, can you make your news feed a happy place again by taking this vow?

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