Fucking Facebook!! I hate to start a blog post with the "F" word but you know how maddening Facebook can get, especially when politics are involved. I've had to block and mute people because they don't know how to debate and discuss issues like an adult. You don't have to agree with me, just be respectful, and maybe grow up while you're at it. I'm not a complete Facebook hater. I'll be writing another post painting Facebook in a positive light soon. I just need to get this off my chest.
A friend posted an update about something they saw on TV regarding the incoming administration that upset her. A comment was left to just not watch tv, change the channel. This set me off. Does saying something like this really fix anything? Comments like this are not helpful or useful, it's just more internet junk. Ignorance comes in many shapes and forms. I know people who have narrow minded views when it comes to social issues, religion, and politics. People who would just change channel, cover their ears and go "Lalalalalalalalalala!"
I am trying really, really hard to not avoid these people, because avoidance and burying your head in the sand solves nothing. I'm not going to change the channel, live in a religious bubble, and avoid politicians I don't like no matter how hard they are to look at, seriously, looking at Donald Trump makes my skin hurt. I also want to understand why people, especially why women voted for Trump. It would be easy to just call them all racist, misogynist, and ignorant but there's more to it.
It's almost a knee-jerk reaction to just cut someone off when they tell you to just change the channel, or (my favorite) say your views are wrong because "the church says..." or "the bible says...." GTFO with that, that is not a valid argument for me. I've been getting this argument on Facebook more when it comes to issues with LGBT. I'll talk about where I stand with religion in another post because it's just too much.
I can't just say that Trump is going to be a horrible president because I think he literally looks like a bleached out ass hole. I can say he's inexperienced in politics, point out his flip-flopping, his bullshit and pandering about how things are going to be "really, really great" and it's all "very, very complicated stuff", he's a walking contradiction - you don't know which Trump you're gonna get, his hot-headedness, he's made many global leaders uncomfortable (especially our allies), he never apologizes for what he says no matter how inappropriate, his unbelievable ability to deflect serious issues......I can go on.
Don't shy away from those with opposing views but you also do not have to deal with abuse from trolls. Facebook is FULL of trolls. I was watching live coverage of the march on Facebook and there were trolls leaving comments about women going back to the kitchen, the snowflakes need to shut up, and a bunch of other nonsense which, again, is just more internet junk contributing to nothing. What I'm saying is, don't change the channel, stay informed and let others know. If there is an issue you feel strongly about, it is just as important to understand the opposing view which will validate your argument even more.