Looking at Life through Polarized Glasses
I have lots of Facebook friends on either side (or ANY side) of the political spectrum. Some of them are pretty extreme in their views, too. However, this line really hit me like a plank across the face. This was how one of my Facebook friends closed a vitriolic rant about MSNBC, particularly with regard to their slanted coverage of the Republican National Convention. It wasn't aimed specifically at me, obviously. I don't even consider myself a "liberal" per se, though I do tend to lean left. Still, it seriously rankled me because:
- It shows the poster values political views more than friendship and yet...
- The poster puts the burden of discarding their friendship on the other party.
- It's a very generalized attack which makes no allowances for each individual friend and just how much they might agree or disagree with the poster's views.
- The "reminder" at the beginning indicates that we're already supposed to be aware of this person's class-action hostility.
- It's painfully obvious that the poster's intent here is simply to nip any attempt at debate in the bud, i.e. it amounts to something like, "Don't confuse me with your facts! I'm just right, so SHUT UP!!!"
America is divided. Doesn't anybody remember what being divided means?
I just want this election to be over...and I hope we as a nation survive it.