When I was driving home the other day, I started to see the oversaturation of Romney/Ryan signs starting to pop up in my neighborhood. [Tangent: I live in one of the reddest counties in Tennessee.] Despite not planning on voting for them, you know what I never thought of doing once- stealing or defiling them. Do you wanna know how many Obama signs got stolen from us 4 years ago? 6. Wanna know how many times my vigilante father called the local police to report stolen property? 6. He felt his rights were being hindered and that these thieves were messing with his freedom of speech, which I totally understand even though I tried to make him feel better and told him that maybe they just wanted to borrow it for their own yards. In my heart, I knew they were probably just dicks. [Tangent:I do love my dad for his overreaction and for sticking to his belief system. ]
That memory made me start to dread the hurricane of insanity that is election season. People have gotten especially ass-holey and very "put up or shut up" about their views as of late...on both sides. Trust that I can get as fired up and feisty as the next person, but people get dirty this time of year. I have seen many innocuous Facebook posts devolve into name calling and mudslinging. A couple weeks back, after watching the Democratic National Convention and wishing that the guy would just put down his iPad, which he was awkwardly using as a camera, and watch Bill Clinton's speech- I wrote a brief decidedely unpolitically biased facebook status update. After several hours, it had completely run off the rails and words words that rhyme with "witch" and "bunt" were being tossed around like hand grenades. Simmer, kiddos...I was just trying to point out the misuse of technology...no one said anything controversial. [Tangent: Unless, you are Steve Jobs and think I am somehow blaspheming his i-brand. Maybe the iPhone 5 has regeneration capabilities!]
I really don't care if you are an elephant or a donkey; either side has unsavory characters so don't break the walls of your glass house. Also, at some point by your late 20s/early 30s, its highly unlikely that someone calling your party as asshole online is going to give you a sudden epiphany that will thus change how you vote for the rest of your life. I'm no sociologist, but I will wager that a persons politics have never been swayed by a meme...or even one misspelled in dirt on the back of a semi.
|I stole this from my friend Rae's instagram.|
Some of them are funny, and trust I have looked at them and laughed a lot...repeatedly. They are not the issue. Those people are running for office, and as public figures deserve to be scrutinized, but the personal attacks of the voters is outta control! Just because you are voting for Romney doesn't mean you're racist...and just because I'm voting for Obama doesn't mean I abuse welfare and expect the government to support me. My opinons are stronger than gas station coffee, I just see facebook as a safety zone, where I shouldn't have to be barraged with distant acquaintances calling me and people that think like me "ignorant hippies" everytime I turn around. [Tangent: At first, I will admit, I did find the neverending threads of backbiting mildly entertaining, but its old news and its just wheel spinning. Never did I think I would be so excited for mid November when Facebook will go back to being about Pinterest mamas showing their latest craft or hipsters taking pictures of their cats.]