What does voting mean to you? Do you research issues and candidates? Do you vote your conscience, or just see what others think and vote their way? Do you listen to the pundits who tell you how you should vote? How do you feel when you have diligently picked the candidate who would be the best, and then see others turn on your candidate with demeaning remarks and ridicule, calling your candidate a spoiler? Does it make you angry when you are told that a vote for your candidate equals a vote for the hated other side?
Let me share with you one example of what I mean. This is regarding a Facebook page that I once admired… The page is called “We The People.”
I no longer trust or respect this page.
They posted an article by Mother Jones, but it was their own commentary introducing the post that offended me.
I read it over and over again, hoping to find a silver lining, but there was none. I was angry and so I made a comment.
They did not handle my criticism well (I will admit to being angry), nor did they choose to give an intelligent, well-thought-out perspective. Instead they called me an idiot and banned me from commenting on the page at all. I would like to think that they were unsure how to handle me, but the truth is, this type of reactionary action and commentary seems to be the norm.
Since then, they have escalated their attacks on my candidate and coined a new name for his followers. We are now Berniebots.
They have stooped well below the line of decency. They call themselves progressives and “Berniebots” are now cynics. Does the commentary with each of these posts show progressives in action? NO!