I want to say I never get into political discussions online. They often turn too nasty too quickly. But I can’t say “never,” because yesterday on Facebook, I wrote two, timid words:
And believe it or not, those two little words started a bit of a firestorm. Here are the comments:
Comment #1: Looks like 4 more years. . .
Comment #2: Satan – Devil?
Comment #3: Ah, come on. Let’s not call names.
ME: Be nice, please. 🙂 I think we can disagree, even with passion, but I also think we can do it with respect.
Comment #4: With respect, Ryan is anti-women, anti-middle class, and old people.
Comment #5: Wow. Just. Wow. Well Obama hates rainbows. Prove he doesn’t.
Comment #6: This country is in horrible shape with a trillion dollar deficit per year, 1 in 6 on welfare, jobs going overseas, factories closing, cities going bankrupt, other countries becoming stronger than us, unemployment extremely high, healthcare a huge mess, “work” taken out of welfare, and on and on. How can people continue to defend this administration??? How can they want our country to continue spiraling downward? Don’t you want a business person who knows how to manage? Who knows about our free enterprise system? Who can balance a budget? Who believes in rewarding people who work hard? That’s why people flee to America, the land of opportunity. Btw, I’m one of those coveted independents. I was raised a democrat but am now married to a republican and we’re small business owners. I see what taxes we pay first-hand (a LOT). I see the jobs we provide, the healthcare we provide, the 401(k) plans we provide, the bonuses we give out in Dec to our employees so their families will have a nice Christmas. Guess you know who I’m voting for!
Comment #7: wow. and not a good wow.
Comment #8: Let me guess…
Comment #9: I have to say, I’m middle class, a woman and getting old. I was MUCH better off and had much more hope four and eight years ago. I’m all for “going backward” if it means restoring America to a land of people who strive to achieve without the hand (or interference) of government. I yearn to live in a country where government is not the determining factor of personal success. I believe that’s what our founding fathers intended.
Comment #10: What bitchy comments about Ryan.
ME: I feel a blog coming on . . .
And so, here I am, blogging about yet another situation where people who disagree about something don’t seem to be able to discuss it rationally, and instead, go straight to being ugly, even hateful about it. Some of the comments above were respectful. Some were not.
It makes me kind of sad. I like nothing more than a good, productive discussion/debate with someone with whom I differ, whether it’s politics, religion, culture, books, etc. But because discussing differences more often than not goes straight to hateful rhetoric, I avoid it. I don’t know if others feel they’re missing out, but I do.
Why can’t we differ or disagree without being hateful?
There’s not much in this world that I hate. But I hate hate.