Politics on Facebook

I am well aware of the fact that I haven’t discussed politics on this blog.  That is not an accident, that was a conscious choice.  Quite frankly I am sick of political conversations.  And before anyone goes jumping all over me, I think it is *extremely* important to be informed and vote.  Not just vote.  Educate yourself, then vote.

But I don’t want to discuss it here.  There are a million places online where people banter non-stop about politics.  The world does not need that from DorkyDeb.com  Just. Not. Necessary.

(Please keep that in mind if you have a desire to post something nasty and political in the comments of this post… lol)

Now someday I might change my mind about that.  I doubt it, but you never know.  I suppose one of the good things about running your own blog is you can post whatever you want.

Well today, I am NOT talking politics.  I am talking about political posts on Facebook.  I’m not talking about a particular thing that is personally important to someone or their circle of friends.  I am referring to the endless drivel that people post and post and post and post.  What I thought would make me happy is if Facebook had a way that people could tag their status updates as political.  And if you then had the ability to block that person’s political status updates, and not their regular status updates, from your feed.  I realize it will likely never happen.  But I would love it all the same.  Because right now the options are to delete the annoying person totally, or block all of their status updates.  Neither of which I typically want to do.

Although I have done it, in regards to a pair of very extreme individuals… but to explain that situation would be a post all to itself.

Regardless of what your political beliefs are, if you are using Facebook, and have a wide variety of friends with different view points, you probably have at least one person on your list that annoys you with frequent political posts.  If that person is a family member or close friend, you may not want to block or delete them.  So they are just there, annoying you.  These are reasons that people leave Facebook (one of millions of reasons, but a reason all the same).

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow!  It would be a lot easier to like you, if you didn’t say such incredibly stupid/hateful/vile things?” I know to some that might sound harsh, but if you’ve been through it, you know what I mean.

And it’s not that I am close-minded or one-sided.  I think I take a very honest and individual approach to all people.  I am a registered Independent (not that that is anyone’s business), and I don’t feel the need to agree with people on political views.  I am perfectly happy to agree to disagree.  But the problem really comes into play (at least for me) when people feel the need to lie to push their agenda.  Lying is a HUGE pet peeve of mine.  HUGE.  I just have so little tolerance for it.  I can totally disagree with someone 100% and that is fine.  I can totally respect someone’s right to a difference of opinion.  But if they lie to push their agenda, then that just pisses me off.  Plain and simple.

Another thing that gets on my nerves is glaring hypocrisy.  I am sure we are all hypocrites in our own special way.  But recently I saw some holier-than-thou posts about how “we should be praying for our leaders not making posts criticizing or mocking them”.   Now what made this so amusing or annoying (maybe both) is who is posting this.  Because the individual, previously posted some very very very personally insulting things in regards to a particular political figure.  And every time I see this person’s holier-than-thou post, I have to bite my tongue (or fingers I suppose) to keep from replying with, “Yes, just like you did when you posted about ________?”

And one of these days I’ll probably be in just a pissy enough mood to do it.  Then there will of course be fallout.

Clearly what that person actually meant was, “I wish people would please stop insulting the people I LIKE.” Because they’ve already made it perfectly clear by their actions that it is perfectly ok in their mind to do so, as long as they hate the political figure in question.

Now I don’t really have much of an opinion on the post.  But I have an opinion on THAT person posting it, AFTER doing the exact opposite.

It’s stuff like that, that I would rather not see.

BUT… to argue the opposite side of this….
Is it a good idea to know the political thoughts of the people you are dealing with?  Because while I like to separate these things, Can you really?  Can you really separate some of these deeply held beliefs with the person?  I think it depends on the political issue at hand and the seriousness of the issue.

Also if they made available an option like this, then people would want other options.  I can hear it now, “Can I get a monotonous tag, for those people who tell you what they ate at every.single.meal. ? ”  LOL  Stuff like that.  So I see how it could be complicated and not work.  Plus you would be counting on the individual to be honest and tag their posts as political when they were, unless you added a “mark political” tag, so that people could tag it themselves.

What do you think?  Would you like to see a “political” tag on Facebook so that you had the option to get an individual’s political updates or not?  Or are we better off knowing the political beliefs of the people we deal with?  I am on the fence, how about you?

Perhaps the best option would be a “hide this post” option, without hiding the person’s entire feed.  So that at least when you read it once, you didn’t have to see it again.


5 Responses to “Politics on Facebook”

  1. fnkybee Says:

    I agree with you and I also feel that way with the religious posts as well. It is sometimes like a church sermon when I look at my wall and it drives me insane. For the sole reason that the few that do post their views on the wall, its not just a little feel good post they make it apparent that this is the way they feel and you should too or you are wrong. Oh it gets me going!

    • Debbie Says:

      Good point. Thanks for the reply! I can see what you are saying. Most of the time the religious posts don’t annoy me. But the judgmental ones do bother me. I do know what you mean about feeling like it is a sermon sometimes. LOL! I have some friends who post those things and I know they truly feel them and believe them, and they are uplifting posts, and those do not bother me at all. And often they inspire me. And on occasion I post religious things as well, simply because it is part of my life. But there are some who regularly post religious posts that I feel are 100% put up there for the sole purpose of trying to impress their church friends, or make people think what a goody goody Christian they are. And that stuff I find very annoying. I think actions speak a lot louder than words and I don’t mind the posts by those who clearly believe what they are saying. But people who brag about how great of a Christian they are sixteen times a day, then *never* respond to any of our mutual friends prayer requests, etc. Well… that sort of thing says a lot to me.

  2. thypolarlife Says:

    I can’t believe half of the stuff that people on facebook to be honest. I wish people would use their brains. is that even possible?

    • Debbie Says:

      I don’t know if it is possible. LOL I’m sure I’ve posted my fair share of stupid things. (Probably still do. LOL) But… I don’t “get” what a lot of people do. In someways I just shake my head. Like when people are purposely causing trouble or being extremely unsafe. But most of the oddball differences I enjoy. Variety makes life interesting. LOL 🙂
      I guess for me personally, I go on Facebook to connect with my friends and extended family that I would not otherwise see. Not to hear the latest political argument. But I guess everyone goes for their own reasons. I actually had a friend tell me that the *only* reason they use Facebook is because they enjoy taunting and engaging people in political arguments!

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