I know, I should just keep my mouth shut about politics, as being extremely liberal in the state of Alabama is not something that people typically are. It also is unusual for members of my church, but I have kept my mouth shut too long. I have seen people on my friends list make racist remarks and hateful slurs about the candidate that I choose to support for President. I have heard comments made about people who are voting for the candidate that I am voting for because we’re supposedly followers and uninformed and idiots.
I’ll have you know that I am NOT an idiot. I have NEVER been an idiot. And I do NOT take kindly to having my intelligence insulted EVERY day by people who are calling themselves my friends. I do NOT call any of you names. I do NOT insult your candidate constantly, making snarky remarks about how I think he might handle the country. I don’t do that because it’s wrong.
I don’t tell people how to vote. I’m just happy they do vote, and I am of the belief that if my father, who is a devoted Republican, and I, a devoted Democrat, can live in the same house, then Republicans and Democrats can live in the same country, state, county, city, street, etc. without throwing around hateful barbs.
I know there have been things said from the liberal side that may have been offensive to the conservatives. I don’t doubt that. I may have even let a few things slip, but I mainly make those comments to my friends who I KNOW agree with me, and they are NEVER about the voters. They are always about the policies and the comments made by the candidates. And I also make comments about the candidate that I am voting for.
I know he’s not perfect, but neither is your candidate. No person is perfect. If people were perfect, then we would live in a Utopian world and not in one such as this.
You may think that because you grew up in a conservative state that you can shoot your mouth off and not really insult anyone because they all agree with you. That’s not the case. Whether it’s comparing someone to an antichrist, or bringing up socialism when you don’t really understand the policy, making a comment about someone’s religious upbringing, etc., someone who disagrees will hear it or, if it’s on Facebook, see it. And chances are that there are emotions that go with that person, as most of us do not typically exist in a void. Before you shoot off your mouth or start typing some words, think first about what your saying. Would you say it to someone’s face? And if you would, would you ever feel guilty about it? I mean, even a little inkling of guilt. If you would, then you shouldn’t say it.
People love to believe that they are accepting and tolerant, but the thing about being “tolerant” is that it still allows for hatred. And any of these little remarks where you insult someone are forms are hatred. Do you really want to be a hate-filled person?