Every day I observe political postings on Facebook. I think that’s okay. I don’t mind seeing people promoting the candidates they like. I do it too. Perhaps too often. My theory, though, is that anyone who doesn’t care for what I post can block me or block a particular group that I’m prone to posting fairly regularly. I block occasionally. I have done so a few times recently. Sometimes I delete the dissenting comment and carry on. My opinion is just that — an opinion. Please know that I have done a great deal of research before deciding whom I’m supporting.
When I first signed on to Facebook I gleefully jumped into the fray believing that surely the person who posted was longing for my thoughts on the matter. It took me longer than it should have to realize the poster probably didn’t want opposing comments. I learned much more quickly that I didn’t want them. That begs the question, “Why post political propaganda if no response is required?”
I’ve thought about this a great deal during our never-ending political season. I believe it is human nature to want to voice our choice for a given political office. It feels that way to me and I’m obviously not alone. It’s probably also natural to want to express our views on the candidates we oppose. But maybe we should do that in our own space.
I’m still trying to figure out FB etiquette. As far as I know there’s no guide to help me on my way. That means I am left trying to do unto others as I would like them to do unto me. I’m not always successful but I try.
I dislike giving space on my site to dissenting views. I’m a Democrat and I’m voting for Hillary Clinton. I neither want nor need anyone to tell me I’m nuts for doing so. And I’m assuming they don’t want me to write in their space that I think they’re crazy for voting for one of those bloviating loose cannons running on the Republican ticket.
One more thing. If either of the two GOP front-runners should be elected, the US, and indeed, the rest of the world will be in deep doo-doo. That’s my opinion.
Note: This is a blog post not a Facebook post. Dissent if you wish.