Facebook Politicians​

Political matters have been keeping many people I know awake at night. Unfortunately, I don’t see any relief in the future. Politics is the one topic that I hardly ever discuss with friends and family; however, when I first started getting into reading about politics, no one that I knew talked about it, now that is all they want to do, especially on Facebook.

I grew up in a family that taught me that everyone should vote, but they should never talk about their vote. My parents always voted, yet they refused to discuss their votes with anyone, even each other. When asked about this, my parents said that politics are as strong in a person as their religion. They believed political beliefs were almost sacred.

It wasn’t until I was well into adulthood that I understood what they were talking about. Maybe it is because they rubbed off on me, but I don’t like to discuss my political beliefs. My beliefs are so tightly wound around who I am that I find no reason to discuss them with another person. I don’t want to convert someone to my way of thinking because their beliefs also make up who they are, so why discuss it?

I have many Facebook politicians among my Facebook friends.  Election season is bad for Facebook. The Facebook politicians post daily about their beliefs, or why the other guy’s beliefs are wrong. I always pondered if they really believe they are informing people, or are they just posting with the intent of annoying people. Facebook appears to be their personal echo chamber.

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In the past couple of years, I have started using Facebook less and less. Now, even out of election season, I see endless political posts. It makes me miss when all I saw on Facebook was pictures of people’s dinner. What happened to the good ole food pictures?

Maybe someday soon, I will just stop getting on Facebook. Life would seem much simpler.  I only use it to keep in touch with a few old friends. I do occasionally find a good post or two, but mostly It just makes me remind myself that I don’t unfriend people for sharing their political beliefs, maybe I should just start trolling them with fact checking websites.

Do you know any Facebook politicians? How do you deal with them?


 

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5 Comments

  1. This is the planet of free will. Everyone has their own opinion.. Most people venting probably don’t know how to get their frustrations off the chest so they use Facebook as an outlet.. I try not to get sucked in by political drama or any drama.. to be a detached observer,so to speak.. 🙂

    1. I agree. I too try to stay away from any drama on Facebook. I mainly use it for updates and to check on people I have not seen in a long time. It is amusing, sometimes, to watch drama happen that I am not involved in lol. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I scroll on by. Like you, I don’t consider Facebook to be an appropriate venue for informed political discussions. I have friends from both sides of the political spectrum and I use FB as a social barometer of sorts. But I see no virtue in entering into a discussion. This will not end well. Most people just want to vent, not discuss with the objective of improving understanding, so what’s the point?

    1. I have friends everywhere politically as well. People often think that because I don’t voice my opinion I must be either passive or uneducated. I have never been one for talking about anything personal on Facebook. If someone really wanted to know something from me, they can ask me. Oh and don’t get me started on family members posting Happy Birthday messages on Facebook and only on Facebook. LoL. I have had stern yet polite talks with family members about actually calling people, or at least emailing lol. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I ignore politics entirely. There may be a time and place for reasoned discussion, but it’s not on Facebook. I’m not there to be politically informed, for that i read a variety of news sources.

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