Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Enough, Already!

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....

18 comments:

  1. All I can say that is in the long run, this may well be a valuable object lesson: don't vote for someone who shows himself with his every word to be unfit for office, simply because he's saying what you want to hear.

    I only hope it's a lesson learned. I expect those who believed in him the most are the ones who'll end up most hurt because of him.

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    1. I think you'll be proven right, William. I'm just sorry it's hone this far. Both political parties failed us, and it could prove catastrophic.

      President of the United States is not an entry-level job.

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  2. Not sure where I fit into your friendship meter but I think of you as a real friend despite my different views. I consider myself non-political--only wanting peace but it seems to be a far-fetched ideal these days. Hugs!

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    1. I think of you the same way, Eve. You're one of those friends who hasn't been vocal about your position, except in very subtle ways. I express my opinions, but I don't do it to start a fight. (I don't debate; I fight.)

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  3. Okay, I've been vocal a few times, but sometimes my temper still erupts. Fortunately, not like it once did. I really tried to avoid all comments. You know how well that worked. Hugs.

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    1. I have a temper, too. I've mellowed, according to Collin, but if someone keeps hammering away at me, especially when they weren't invited to the party, self-control goes out the window.

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  4. I have posted a few times My feeling on several political positions.
    Because I do think many people do not know what it is like living in a "fly over, illegal overwhelmed border state".
    I try not to comment on other blogs about this.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. I get how you feel about this, Gayle. We have some Mexican neighbors I'd love to see deported, but Trump's plans are so extreme, it's frightening. Collin and I talked about moving to California because Gov. Brown is standing up to the Great Orange Idiot.

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    2. Do not move to California and if you do no where near LA. or San Francisco=sanctuary city. I have lived through a few of Governor Brown's years and they were awful.
      He wan't all of California to be a Sanctuary State. The overwhelming mass of illegals who get away with all sorts of criminal behavior. Then are let out of jail in 2 months because of overcrowding., to commit the same crimes again. The cartel run much of California illegals and because of this California is becoming a third world country.They want to try to leave the rest of the US and I hope they do.
      If you do move to California move to the North and not Southern California. Have a lot of money. Everything is so much more expensive insurance, food, gas, hospitals are closing because they can afford to stay open, taxes and work from home the freeways are parking lots. I loved living in California and I miss living there as it was 30 years ago. I am now happy I was forced out of living there because of my divorce. Too expensive for me to live there now.
      Think I need to write a post on what is happening to Arizona. My beautiful state is being destroyed.

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  5. I suppose I've crossed the line now and then offering my opinion on someone else's blog. Thanks for the heads up that it's a faux pas.

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    1. I respect friends' opinions when they differ from mine. My problem is with anyone, friend or not, won't back off. Actually, I've voted Republican in the past, but the party has changed. People like Trump, Pence, Ryan and McConnell ruined the GOP for me.

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  6. Oh well I guess everyone knows how I feel about the chump 😊 I've been lucky I guess not to have had any negative input but if I did I would definitely give it the attention it deserves.. none 😊

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    1. Somebody told J.K. Rowling that since she's British, it was none of her business. She pointed out hat when you have an idiot within sniffing distance of the nuclear codes, it's EVERYBODY'S business.

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  7. I agree with you whole heartedly, Norma. What you say on your blog is your right. Just like if someone wanted to march or speak out in public. For someone to come here and say that you're wrong, or argue your point here is truly rude. If they want to they could email you. Or, like I do, I just don't make a comment. It's no big deal.
    But, I will say this. I did not vote for this bozo, and am worried as to how it turns out. I keep saying things happen for a reason. I'm hoping that's true. Even if we don't like the way things go. I'm sure 4 years will be all this guy gets, once everyone realizes what a blunder they've made.

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    1. Speaking out in a public forum is one thing. There are groups on Facebook where verbal sparring goes on nonstop. But intruding on an exchange between two people on their personal Facebook pages was quite another. I'll comment if I have something positive to say, but no way would I try to force my opinions in their dialogue in an intrusive manner.

      I'm hoping Trump doesn't even last four years. He's already violated the Constitution, so I have to wonder how long it's going to take for us to be rid of him.

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    2. My husband and I are with you on him being impeached. He's such a blowhard, and lies continuously, even when people point it out he's got it wrong. (Pictures say a thousand words, as they say!)

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    3. I'll never understand why everyone can't see through him!

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  8. He's caused rifts not only between friends but within families. (I'm seriously thinking about cutting relations with some of my relatives.) It's quite plain to me what he is, but seems some people are so angry with our government they don't stop to think what he's replacing it with. The harm he's done in just his first week is terrifying.

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