Thursday, November 1, 2012

Six Days!

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Thank the good Lord there's only six days left until we elect one of these clowns to be our new/continuing leader.

Maybe I pay more attention now than I used to, but I cannot remember another election that has been so hotly-debated, not only by the candidates, but by pretty much everyone in the country.  Facebook has been on fire with "he said/he said" posts for months, the intensity growing as the big day nears.  That's annoying enough, but the number of people willing to post/re-post these things without spending 15 seconds to verify if what they're posting is even true... is the truly obnoxious part to me.  Would you stand on a street corner and holler that the one guy is a Muslim, or that the other guy pays no taxes?  Probably not.  (If you would, you might just need your head examined.  Just sayin'.)  So don't post that crap online either, unless you can be reasonably and rationally sure that there's truth in it.

Has critical thinking become a lost art form???

Six more days of this nonsense.  Then maybe we can get back to life.  Because honestly, no matter who wins this election, we're going to have the same challenges we have now (at least for a while).  If we conquer some of those, new ones will pop up.  This is just how life works, people.  If the economy continues to improve, or hopefully does so at a faster rate, then something else will become an issue.  Perhaps the International Brotherhood of Turkeys will rise up and firebomb the Butterball factory, and we'll all be eating cheeseburgers for Thanksgiving.  It'll be something.

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It's a giant game of Whack-A-Mole.  And though I'm not excited about either candidate per se, and both of them have points and views that I agree with and others that I don't, I can assure you that the United States is not going to crumble into the sea if the guy you don't like gets elected.  It's just not.  The best thing we can do is to educate ourselves, be involved as much as we can tolerate, and endorse the guy (or gal!) that we think will do the best job.  Period.

Posting angry tirades, f-bombs, insults, fake or deliberately unflattering photos, or other junk online is not going to change anyone's mind, except to perhaps show people that you can't make an actual articulate argument to back up your views and have to resort to such forms of persuasion instead.  It's sad.  Some of the most intelligent people I know - and I mean that literally - have been hidden from my feed on Facebook because I just cannot stand the nonsense anymore.  That includes both people I agree with and people I don't.  I get plenty of drama and negativity in my real life, I don't need it online too!

If you want to change the way things are going, I know a really easy way to do it.

VOTE.

Even if you think your vote doesn't matter, do it anyway.  Regardless of whether you and I agree or want the same guy in office.  Just do it.  Do it for me.  Do it for my son.  It's free, it's easy, it's painless, and it's (gasp!) even more powerful than calling the other guy a filthy scumbag on a social networking site.  So vote, early if you have the opportunity and it'll make you feel better.  And then, please... move on and talk about something else.

Please.

2 comments:

S.I.F. said...

Standing up, clapping, and hooting and hollering right now - for YOU!

Seriously, one of my BIGGEST pet peeves is the posting and reposting of crap information with absolutely zero personal research that happens on BOTH sides.

I am defintely ready for it to be over.

But I am also totally giddy about voting! ;)

Caryn @ FuzzynoodleLife.com said...

Lord help me if I kill someone out of pure rage before Tuesday. We have a marriage amendment on our ballot this year too, which is not helping the WTF at all. And your comment about critical thought? Spot on!