Facebook drives me nuts at times. It isn’t really Facebook, but it’s some of the people or the things they post. Granted, not everyone may like what I post or care about what I think. But, I try to be respectful when it comes to what people feel about faith and politics. There are times when lines are crossed and hate seems to be spewed from the fingertips and minds of the person posting.
It seems like politics and religion brings out the worse in people. You would think that friends should be able to discuss politics and religion in a calm manner, but that is very far from reality. Many like to hide behind their computers and post just about anything they wouldn’t want to discuss if they were face to face with a person.
There has been more than enough discussions when it comes to Obama-care, medicare, the deficit and so on. There are always going to be those who are diehard Republicans, Democrats, Independents and so on. I’m not diehard anything. I vote for the person. I would say that I am about 70% Republican and 25% Democrat and the other 5% is none of the above. I am a registered Democrat though. However I never vote a straight party. When it comes to voting, I read up on things they have voted on in the past and I make sure to make informed decisions. I never use Facebook as a tool to decide on who I am voting for. It drives me crazy when people don’t take the time to make sure a story is truth or fiction. Most of the time, it is fiction or half truths. For those who want to know the truth before sharing, I will post some links at the bottom of the page.
For some off the wall reason, I guess people have this thought that if it is on the internet or if it shows up on Facebook, it must be true. Well, here is a wake up call. The internet lies and so do many on Facebook. When it comes to politicians, I think they all lie.
There’s enough politics on the news. Turn on MSN, CNN, Fox News and so on and you will see for yourself. There are times it is OK to share information on Facebook and other social media sites and if one must, make sure it is true and not from sites that is only out to bash political parties.
I was reading on a CNN Website and it stated that Nearly one-fifth of people admit to blocking, un-friending or hiding someone on social media over political postings. The biggest gripes: The offending person posted too often about politics, disagreed with others’ updates, or bothered mutual friends with partisan political postings. When it comes to the debates and such I always have to block people. That’s because they have nothing good to say, they only bash whatever party they aren’t a part of. It can get down right ugly and makes me question who they are as a person if they would say such horrible demeaning things.
Just last week, I deleted or blocked a few friends because their posts weren’t just hateful towards Obama, but they were hateful to specific faiths also. I have no problem blocking someone if they are full of hate and racism. While I don’t agree with what Obama is doing and his choices. I’m not going to bash anyone. I have chosen to pray for our country and our leaders. Our country was founded on freedom of religion and I will not listen to people who have a hatred towards anyone. To me it shows how small minded a person is. I am thankful that there is a way to block some of the peoples racist tirades.
I don’t care what people post on Facebook and I’m guessing many don’t like what I post and I am OK with that. I am not going to un-friend someone just because I do not agree with their opinions or viewpoints. However, it is very difficult to have political discussions on social media sites because of the number people that like to get into heated discussions. I will occasionally discuss politics with some friends and family. I also make sure that they can have a calm and reasonable conversation. If someone wants to un-friend me because I am a registered Democrat, that is OK. I have no issue with that.
Links to Fact Check what you are posting…
- Snopes- http://snopes.com/info/whatsnew.asp
My Favorite Source on all types of hoaxes.
Snopes.com is one of the best online resources that debunks Urban Legends and Rumors on a huge number of topics. Its run by by Barbara and David P. Mikkelson, who established this website in 1995.
- Fact Check – http://www.factcheck.org/
The Updates come quite frequently since Politics and Government Policies is a subject rife with rumors. They also present evidence about why a particular story is true or false, so they are quite good at what they do.
- Politic Fact – http://www.politifact.com/
PolitiFact.com is a project of the St. Petersburg Times to help you find the truth in American politics. Reporters and editors from the Timesfact-check statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups and rate them on our Truth-O-Meter.
- Open Secrets – http://www.opensecrets.org/index.php
OpenSecrets.org is your nonpartisan guide to money’s influence on U.S. elections and public policy. Whether you’re a voter, journalist, activist, student or interested citizen, use this free site to shine light on the government. Count cash and make change
- Truth or Fiction – http://www.truthorfiction.com/
TruthOrFiction.com is your Email Reality Check. Get the truth about rumors, inspirational stories, virus warnings, hoaxes, scams, humorous tales, pleas for help, urban legends, prayer requests, calls to action, and other forwarded emails. So basically it covers almost every hoax that lands in your Email Inbox.
- Hoax Slayer – http://www.hoax-slayer.com/
Hoax-Slayer is dedicated to debunking email hoaxes, thwarting Internet scammers, combating spam, and educating web users about email and Internet security issues.