I’ve spent the last few weeks watching as the Presidential debates have been creating all new discussion on social media, and the discussion has made me sick.
Most of it is not productive, healthy discussion but rather vitriol flown towards the President of the United States based on some of the most insignificant things. People that I consider thoughtful, honest and good people…spewing all this hate towards our President (they would say he’s not THEIR President though).
I’m sick of it. Why don’t my Republican friends speak to their candidate more? Is it because they don’t know his positions on issues? Is it because they don’t understand them? Is it because it’s just more fun to make up names for Obama (OB One?) or what?
Most of my Republican friends on Facebook have spent an inordinate amount of time spewing vitriol instead of championing their own candidate. I have to think there’s a reason behind it. I’m starting to think the GOP could’ve run out the upright corpse of Strom Thurmond and you’d vote for him. Anybody but Obama, right?
In last night’s debate, it took the moderator to call Romney out on his own spewing, when he complained that Obama was leveling charges against Romney and he wanted a chance to respond, the moderator said, “Well Governor, you’ve been leveling a lot of charges at him as well”, to which Romney laughed coyly and said “You know Bob I’m sure you’re right.”
Romney doesn’t like being called out on the facts and the facts are that he’s changed positions on so many things, it’s kind of hard to know where exactly he does stand. Maybe that’s it…maybe that’s why Republicans on my Facebook can’t seem to find an idea to champion from Romney, because they don’t know!
I don’t know what it is, but I am tired of it all. I’m saddened by the lack of actual discussion, it’s baiting, pure and simple. And I’ve done a pretty good job of staying above the fray. Yes, I have ventured into the waters of partisanism once or twice this election season, but after today, I’m done.
I’m taking a break from Facebook. One month starting today, I’m hanging the Out of Office sign on the door and taking a hike. I won’t be surprised if there are some of you out there that call me a chicken or what-not…I don’t really care. I care about you though, and because I do, here’s who I’m voting for on November 6th and why.
I’m voting for Barack Obama and Joe Biden because they share many of the same beliefs that I do. I believe in gender equality, and that women should get paid as much as men doing the same jobs. I believe that the government can be a place where all people come together to do good. I believe that it shouldn’t matter who you love if you want to serve in our nation’s military. I believe that access to good quality healthcare is a right of all Americans. I believe the top 1% of wage earners in this country can and should do a little more to help our country out of this economic mess and if I was in the top 1%, I’d be more than happy to participate in this.
I believe one of the hardest things to do is decide who gets entitlements and when they get them. So make sure the programs work…they don’t always work, but they can’t simply go away. I believe in a woman’s right to choose which doesn’t mean I’m pro-abortion. I believe that while government doesn’t create jobs, they certainly can create an atmosphere that encourages businesses of all sizes to hire more workers, and that is happening right now. I believe that someone who understands our interests overseas isn’t about showing American strength all the time but being able to admit that sometimes we don’t make the best decisions in the world is okay. To me, strength isn’t about being right all the time but being able to admit when you’re wrong.
To the people that take the time to actually read this, thank you. Even if you’ve spent a good deal of the last few months trashing the name and position of our President…I thank you for reading. You are who I’m writing this to. You don’t agree with me? Great…but I’m not going to spend any more time in this election cycle being brought down by the bickering.
Stand up for your candidate, whoever they are. Believe in their message. Champion their views. Don’t spend the next two weeks slandering the character of someone you do not know.
I’m Matt McLean, and I approved this message.