I love politics, social media, and opinionated people, but the combination of all three can be disastrous. The current political climate is heating up, and people seem either very happy with the selection of front running candidates or thoroughly unimpressed with either. Needless to say this situation is bringing out the worst in folks. Trump and Clinton’s polarizing differences are making people call it quits on their friendships according to a poll released a few weeks ago by Monmouth University. About 7% of the 800 pollers admitted to severing relationships due to differences on views toward the upcoming election. I have to admit this doesn’t surprise me, and honestly I feel like that number is probably higher. There hasn’t been an election to highlight more social and moral deficits in our government in decades, and people are openly voicing their opinions about it.
There are some who would say it’s mighty childish to end a friendship over one’s choice in voting, but there are others who would contend that one’s political views is a direct correlation to who they are as a person. I have read statuses and overheard conversations of people who have threatened to unfriend others because of their stance on issues, and with such a divisive election on the horizon it seems that hurt and upset feelings on social media are on the rise.
I personally enjoy seeing how my friends think and feel about the issues, and I am okay with us opposing on particular topics, but I can’t lie some of the obnoxious rhetoric, uniformed statements, and socially exclusive and marginalizing opinions I have read have made me second guess a few of my friendships. This election raises a particularly high amount of awareness surrounding the progression of this country. Social injustices that touch on deeply rooted and personal feelings and historical matters such as race, gender, religion, etc. It’s hard not to associate one’s perspective with their person.
I am particularly saddened by the media that is using its engagement power to divide rather than unify the community. Now more than ever we need to stand together as people and fight for our rights to freedom and true democracy. This election brings up more than just issues on taxes and healthcare, but social injustice and humanity. I too am guilty of saturating my timeline with opinions for my peers to address, but more importantly I continue to educate myself on the issues and the candidates. Before anyone picks a side or suffocate your friends with your thoughts, its important that you become informed by watching the debates, listening to several media outlets and the perspectives they give, as well as keeping up with the fact checkers out there like FactCheck or PolitiFact. What are your thoughts, have you side eyed a few of your friends for their thoughts on the upcoming election?
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