Anybody who's read any of my posts from the past year knows where I stand with regard to the presidential election and the circus currently going on in Washington DC. I've made no secret of it. However, I've confined my opinions to my own blog, Facebook and Twitter pages--and exchanges with others on the same side of the political fence. It became clear early on that neither side would change the other's minds, so why waste time and effort trying?
Despite this, I haven't been able to completely avoid the trolls. I've had to block a few from my Facebook page in recent weeks. (Makes me wish I had only accepted friend requests from actual friends.) One scolded me for posting a particularly funny photoshopped magazine cover. That lecture was from someone I actually do know--that woman's been sticking her nose where it doesn't belong since the day I met her, so no, I don't have any regrets about blocking her.
The other two were people I only knew from Facebook, and not very well at that. I rarely interacted with either of them. It makes me wonder why they felt the need to make asses of themselves on my page. Why didn't they keep their opinions on their own pages? Didn't they realize that if they sound off on someone else's, there's a 99% chance that person really doesn't give a rat's ass what they think?
William and I have talked about this. He's the veteran of many Troll Wars (and multiple Facebook suspensions). It's best to just ignore the other person's attempt to engage you. That's easy when the person trying to start a fight is someone you have no real connection with--not so much so when it's a friend.
I've seen other posts on this, so I know I'm not the only one dealing with the BS. Apparently, somebody's mothers never taught them if they couldn't say something positive, just shut up and move along.
I guess the argument could be made that I asked for it by posting the stuff. Not true. I don't start fights with people who post things that I don't like. I just don't comment at all. We all have the right to post our political positions, pictures of our kids, detailed descriptions of what we had for breakfast, funny memes, anything we want (except maybe porn--there are kids on social media, after all), no matter how silly it might seem to everyone else, without being harassed.
Stepping off the ol' soapbox now....