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