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Trash Trump & Hate Hillary: How Long Will Those Torches Burn?

Posted on Nov 8, 2016 by Lisa Ricard Claro   26 Comments | Posted in The Naked Truth

Hello, blog buddies. This week’s post is coming a day early. As I’m writing this, the outcome of our presidential election is unknown. Tomorrow, the selection of our next United States president will be a done deal. The worst of the mudslinging, ranting, and belittling of others will simmer down a bit. Unfortunately, it won’t be over. A good number of donkeys and elephants will continue to carry their torches: Trash Trump and Hate Hillary, respectively. Those torches will burn long into the night no matter who wins or loses. The bickering and criticizing of each other never ends, it seems. All we may hope is that it will cool down to a tolerable temperature.

In case you’re wondering, I’m talking about what’s going on in the social media community, Facebook in particular. All of the above is the reason I’ve limited my Facebook interactions over the last few weeks. I. Just. Couldn’t. Take. Any. More.

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People are passionate. I understand. But the level of judgmental sludge being dredged through the social media site is sickening. Both sides inundate the feed with “news” articles they never bothered to confirm and post memes of the candidates that are, in many cases, both vicious and vile. People, who under any other circumstances are perfectly pleasant folks, become Archie Bunker-like in their ignorant spreading of cow pies over anyone who disagrees with them. Both sides are guilty.

Here’s the irony: In a culture battling biases and screaming for social justice, there is more of a lack of tolerance coming from all sides than ever before.

What the hell is wrong with people?

There is a handful of folks I’m “friends” with on Facebook who are extremely vocal in their dissing of anyone who doesn’t agree with them. On the one hand, they push hard for the equalities regarding the items on their own agenda while completely and continuously bashing the “other side.” As in, “If you don’t agree with me, you must be an idiot.” I’m baffled by this. How can anyone fight for fair treatment for one group while denying it to another just on the basis of differing opinions? Shouldn’t the goal be fair treatment for all? Can’t everyone just be cordial for pity’s sake?

Of course, if we’re taking our cues from the candidates, then none of this is a surprise. Both have spent more time on character assassination of their opponent than discussion of the issues.

This presidential election has brought out the worst in many. People are stressed and afraid in this political and social climate. At a time when Americans of every background should be joining together in spite of our differences—there is strength in numbers, after all—we are more divided than ever. But here’s the truth, buttercup: No matter who wins this FUBAR election, the sun will come up tomorrow and the day after that. Atlanta traffic will still be miserably gridlocked; kids will still have their photo taken with Mickey at Disney World; there will be rainstorms and sunny days and picnics and weddings and funerals and trips to the beach. We will do what United States citizens have always done. We will live our lives and adjust to the changes inherent to a transfer of power, and we will survive. We will keep going and make our voices heard again in four years.

Now if Facebook and other social media would please return focus to more positive pursuits, well, that would be awesome. Because, “Wow! Thanks for posting that snotty political meme and link to a biased ‘news’ article. You really changed my opinion on this topic!” SAID NO ONE EVER.

And that’s the Naked Truth.

See you next week, buttercup. I’ll still be here, no matter who wins.

🙂 Lisa

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26 Responses to "Trash Trump & Hate Hillary: How Long Will Those Torches Burn?"

  1. Comment by Claudia
    November 8, 2016 at 2:01 pm  

    You are so right. We all are tired of the ranting. All hope for a return of civility.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm  

      Well said, Claudia.

  2. Comment by Sioux
    November 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm  

    I hope that–no matter what the outcome–we’re able to work together to solve our country’s problems. I’m keeping my fingers crossed…

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:15 pm  

      Enough of us wanting to work together, Sioux, will make it happen. Our voices of conciliation and cooperation must drown out the rest.

  3. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    November 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm  

    Been a loooooong year, this one. Never thought I’d be so happy to get back to pictures/memes/videos of cats. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:14 pm  

      You mean there was a time when you DIDN’T like all the cat stuff??? There can never be too many cat videos. 🙂

  4. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    November 8, 2016 at 2:56 pm  

    I haven’t been on FB much either lately. A very dear friend’s political views don’t match mine and when she started going on about her candidate in the car yesterday (as I was driving her and doing her a favor) I had to say more than twice: “let’s agree to disagree” but she still kept at it.

    We will still be friends after the election but right now I don’t like talking to her so much. It has nothing to do with her political view being different from mine. It’s the fact that she can’t seem to let it go when I’m with her.

    I voted today but I wasn’t very enthusiastic about it. 🙁

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm  

      You weren’t alone. I think most voters held their noses while they made their choice. It was a rough one. I’m surprised Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, didn’t get more random votes.

  5. Comment by Rob
    November 8, 2016 at 3:10 pm  

    I voted the other day, when the bars were open, so I could drink it off me. I felt I’d lost my soul by participating.
    I’ve lost friends over this. I’d lose more if they knew how I voted.
    I expect the tone of the country to get much worse. The two party system has done exactly what it was meant to do–keep the people off balance and at eachother’s throats. Instead of looking for new ideas and the truth, people seek out those who tell them what they want to hear. Truth is always messy; thus the popularity of half truth.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:11 pm  

      A lot of people have lost friends over this election. It’s sad, so sad that there aren’t more people rising above the differences. I can’t recall a time when we were so divided. Being optimistic, I suppose that means we’re ripe for positive change. I don’t know if it will happen in my lifetime, but for my kids and (some day) grandkids, I hope so.

  6. Comment by Theresa Sanders
    November 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm  

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Lisa. Wonderful post and very well said.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm  

      Thanks, Teri.

  7. Comment by Stephanie Trietsch
    November 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm  

    The Good News is that tomorrow, like today, God is sovereign. No matter which imperfect (and oh my how) candidate becomes the next POTUS, God is still on his thrown, in charge and bigger thend our problems! WHEW!

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm  

      I pray you’re right, Stephanie!

  8. Comment by Pat
    November 8, 2016 at 5:26 pm  

    The nastiness on Facebook has been incredible. (Thank you little drop down arrow that lets me block sites). Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of posts asking God to let the best (read “my”) candidate win. I’m pretty sure God has no plans for a divine intervention in this election.

    In this country’s history, there has been some pretty nasty politicking and plenty of mistake-making presidents. The main thing to remember is we’ll get through this. I only hope that the new POTUS is able to do something to bring our country together so good things can be accomplished. Maybe a little less focus on what’s good for “me” and more on what’s good for “us”.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:08 pm  

      That does seem to be the problem, Pat. There is a lot of demonizing “the other side” without consideration for opposing views. It is frustrating, but does seem to happen with every election until things begin to settle down. At least the nasty rhetoric will tamp down a bit over time.

  9. Comment by Beth@Grannybeth3
    November 8, 2016 at 5:34 pm  

    Yes to everything. I have a similarefriend who said we should all rise above one candidates rhetoric and then called every one who chose to vote differently than him horrible names and said they should be rounded up and driven out of the country. Tomorrow kindness to all must be our watchwords.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm  

      Yes, Beth, I’ve seen similar posts, mostly from people who were previously stressing tolerance and understanding. They don’t see the irony in their behavior. *sigh*

  10. Comment by Alana
    November 8, 2016 at 6:07 pm  

    I almost quit Facebook over all the hate. Some friends convinced me to “scroll on by”. And yes, not one opinion was changed by all that hate. My scroll button is worn out and I am depressed over the side I saw of previously reasonable people. I see so many stressed people on Facebook, now. It is going to take all of us a long time to recover.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 5:57 pm  

      Agreed, Alana. FB is an echo chamber, and it makes my ears hurt. Right now it’s echoing a lot of nastiness. Here’s wishing things will settle down soon. All we can do is hope.

  11. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    November 9, 2016 at 11:40 am  

    I am walking off my anxiety today instead of feeding on the frenzy.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm  

      Walking helps—and I do that too—but I’m still staying off of FB for awhile. Guess I still need more time to smell the roses. 🙂

  12. Comment by Lynn Obermoeller
    November 11, 2016 at 5:25 pm  

    Yes, that’s why I’m not on FB much, but then it made me crazy before all the election stuff 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 5:53 pm  

      Smart woman. 🙂

  13. Comment by Karen Lange
    November 15, 2016 at 8:24 am  

    And life goes on, no matter who won. My goal is to be a better American and make the little world I’m in a better place. Our examples speak louder than any words can. 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      November 15, 2016 at 5:52 pm  

      Yes, Karen. Agreed. I used to tell my kids, “Always leave a place better than you found it.” Pretty good advice for everyone.


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