Post # 1
This has bugged me for years. While this is on no way inteded to debate political issues or focus on who is “right”, I do feel like I need to say something. I have, for years, seen and heard people call somebody who voted differently or has different beliefs refer to anybody else who wasn’t in line with them as “idiots”. Saying people should be “shot if they believe this”, are racist or trying to prove they aren’t racist by voting for one person over another… I just don’t get it. I may not agree with somebodys stance on a certain law or canidate but in no way does my differing oppinion mean I am more intelligent! Seriously!
Without getting into ANY KIND of political debate (This isn’t about the politics but the views on the reactions to the differing beliefs in them)… because that will only breed resentment and anger, since politics are such a touchy topic, has anybody else ever been bothered by that attitude? No matter which “side” it is coming from?
Post # 3
Yes. I’ve purposely stayed out of political convos for this reason. It’s unfortunate that someone who follows politics and might have good info or a worthy outlook is turning other people off from listening.
Post # 4
I love politics. If I had made different decisions earlier in life I probably would have held some type of office, it is still kind of my dream.
I really can’t stand when people argue over what side is right/wrong instead of the issue and what is right and wrong. It gets us absolutely no where in problem solving.
Post # 5
Two things you never talk about, religion and politics. Oh, and who’s family’s home you’re going to for the holidays when your a couple (especially when you have kids). 😛 Always ends in an argument and hurt feelings.
Post # 6
@Mrs Hedgehog: I agree completely. Everyone believes differently and no one opinion is better or worse than another, it just is. I don’t remember where, but I heard this said once and it sums it up just right, “We’re both just trying to do the right thing, we just don’t agree on what that is.”
Post # 7
A lot of the time it’s actually more that each is trying to do the same thing, but they don’t agree on how to best do it.
For example, (in my limited knowledge of the American system), both Republicans and Democrats would like to create jobs and end this recession, but each side has a different idea of how that could be done.
Post # 8
Lol, I usually stay out but sometimes I can’t help it! I totally feel like that sometimes though – for my demographic I seem to have differing views than alot of people and it’s nasty to get the ‘you’re just not educated or you don’t know anything about it’ when in fact I do feel that I have educated myself on a topic.
There is a homemade billboard on my drive to work that someone is constantly updating in reference to both local and national politics. We are in WI so there’s a lot about Gov. Walker and the GOP but this guy really pisses me off. Some of the recent ones have been:
Dick Cheney’s not dead yet but it’s looking good!
McConnel sucks, Boehner blows, that’s not a d*ck, it’s Cantor’s nose.
I don’t care where you are on the political spectrum, but I found both of those *incredibly* offensive. You could substitute Obama, Reid, or Pelosi for any of those and I would feel the same way. It’s not productive and whoever does it just sounds like a jackass.
End rant. Sorry, I saw the second one yesterday on the way home and it just really bugged me because first of all, I think it’s got to be bordering on some kind of public obscenity and second – it’s not even about issues anymore, it’s just really nasty personal attacks.
Post # 9
@Lemma: So instead of them sitting down and presenting their ideas and coming up with a compromise – they spend their time publicly attacking why the other side is completely stupid for thinking that their idea would work.
Post # 10
Yeah, not great. I agree.
I wish both sides would be more willing to admit that nobody really knows how to do these things. I’m an economist, so I’m in a position to know how little economists actually know about this sort of thing.
Post # 11
I totally agree. I think its the same as religion, and whether you want your son circusized. its no one else damn business, and keep your comments to yourself!
Post # 12
Saying someone is an idiot because of their political beliefs is unnecessary and rude. Thinking it, however, is understandable IMO because ignorance is rampant. Particularly in politics where the issues are complicated and people tend to simply parrot back what they’ve heard from talking heads without understanding what that means.
So I guess no, it doesn’t really bother me. I wouldn’t personally do it because I think its rude. And I try not to have political discussions because I don’t think they ever change someone’s opinion– as most poeple are already set in their views. But I do understand when people get frustrated with ignorance and respond in, perhaps, less than a civil ways.
p.s. @hisgoosiegirl the same does not go for saying you wish someone were dead or attacking their appearance. there is no excuse or understanding for that.