Some highlights from my FB posts. All political.
“There is no such thing as not voting.” –Eric Liu
If you can vote but don’t, you’re voting to abdicate your power over your life, handing it over to whomever the wind blows past you. In a very real sense you make yourself a second class citizen. You are throwing away a precious right that generations fought and died to give you.
Now, if you want to vote but can’t, because of recent legal shenanigans or other reasons, that’s different, your choice and voice have been taken away.
Not voting is screwing yourself. As opposed to getting screwed. A lot of people screwed up or got screwed in this election.
We can no longer (if we ever could) afford to be passive observers in the world. We live in an age of increasingly unreliable information. Just because something is said on TV or written on a page does not make it true.
We’re being flooded with lax reporting, spin, partisan propaganda, trolling, scams, manipulation, Truthiness, and Big Lie strategies. It’s become a common toolset used by nearly all sides in nearly every issue, because it works. Many people buy into the hype they hear endlessly repeated.
The news corporations and networks are businesses, paid by advertisers, owned by interests who often have their own biases or agendas. As for the internet news, it’s like Wikipedia without the citation requirements; anyone can edit.
So, please, don’t be a sponge, absorbing whatever floats your way. Don’t rely on any one news organization or any one story. Take control of your information intake. Research. Check facts. Check reputations of sources. Do your homework and do it diligently, because that final exam is a killer.
I have seen and heard Trump supporters declaring on t shirts and the like that they are “deplorables”.
The deplorables that Clinton talked about are white supremacists. So think carefully about the message you’re sending; is that really who you want to publicly declare solidarity with?
I’m already sick of people telling me “Oh, SHE would have been just as bad”. Clinton, for all her major faults, at least initially ran a campaign calling for hope, progress and unity. Trump consistently ran a campaign based on fearmongering, bullying, insults, and calling for division of people. Now those “values” are entrenched into our nation’s leadership and our society.
Even if Clinton really would have been as bad as some say (which we’ll never know now), it doesn’t matter. The “lesser” evil is still very evil. And the Republicans have shown clearly that most of them will back his play no matter how extreme.
The worst part (for me, as a straight white male) is that kids will be growing up seeing that horrible example all the time, thinking it must be OK if the President says it. They’ll be absorbing that sickness from the highest source.
Trump is an agent of chaos. He is the Joker. He is Caligula. He lives to disrupt stability and watch the bloodsport that results.