Snoopy is Running for President! (I saw it on Facebook, so it must be true)
A few weeks ago I got political here. Well, about as political as I ever get. Not much has changed in the last few weeks in spite of the glut on Facebook of political memes, links to political sites, quotes by political pundits, and requests by Facebook friends to support anyone but (fill in the blank). I believe no one’s mind is ever changed on Facebook, but it makes people feel better to have a forum where they can make a statement. I understand that completely. Me? Cute animal videos. That’s what it’s all about on my profile page, Buttercup. I’m Switzerland.
The hubster, not so much. He turns himself inside out from sitting on his hands to avoid responding to disagreeable posts because he knows his comments will either hurt someone’s feelings or start a war. “Let it go,” I tell him. “It’s just people venting.” “I know,” he sputters, “but no one fact checks! No one offers references or proof! People say whatever they want about anyone they want, even if it’s a lie or taken out of context! And other people believe them!”
Yep. What he said. Welcome to Facebook. I’m guilty, too. I’ve shared informational posts, only to learn later that they were wrong. Oops. On the up side, it is a great place to stay in touch with faraway friends and relatives. And also, as mentioned . . . cute animal videos. The power of a kitten/puppy’s sweet face to generate the warm fuzzies cannot be denied.
I wish I liked politics. I really do. I wish I had a the sort of quick mind that recalls what all the candidates have said and sorts through the mess, separating the contradictions and lies from the truth. The only thing I’m certain of is that none of the candidates are transparently honest. I suppose if one were, he/she would never be elected. Quite the catch-22, that.
The other sure thing is that Facebook will continue to churn out political stuff—some of it true, yes—and people will continue to hold their opinions in spite of the flurry of posts determined to change minds. In the long run, anything that spurs a genuine exchange of ideas is a good thing. It’s wonderful that we live in a country where we’re allowed to post what we choose, from slanted to earnest. Even if people disagree, there’s something to be said for the ability to put our opinions on the line. And our real friends, even those we’ve never met (I have a few of those), will respect us even if they don’t agree.
Of course, in my case, it’s all about the cute animal videos, so. . .
If I could elect anyone for president it would be Snoopy, everyone’s favorite Beagle. Snoopy would make a good president. He’s been around a long time, has really seen it all and remained at the top of his game in spite of the world’s ups and downs, so no one can doubt his vast experience. He prefers to sleep on his dog house under the stars rather than to curl up in comfort with Charlie Brown, so I don’t think he’ll cave to special interest groups. He’s got a great sense of humor, isn’t afraid to try new things, and has more common sense than any of the characters hanging out in DC. Also, Snoopy has broad appeal, is both black and white, so he could probably do a lot for race relations. And let us not forget his status as a WWI flying ace. That dog has been in the trenches and survived. This will make him a terrific Commander-in-Chief. Also, his speeches run short. This is always a plus. And the final reason? Why, because he’s man’s best friend, of course.
Who would be your choice for president—if you could nominate anyone living or animated—and why do you think they’d rock it? Facebook might not change minds, but maybe you’ll change mine here. Leave a comment and let me know . . . who’s got your vote? 😉
See you next week –
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