Post # 1
I have several conservative friends, even though I trend liberal. So lots of posts on facebook going both ways. Also on the Bee – love reading rational, well-thought out debates and understanding the conservative-bee perspective. It’s a GOOD THING.
That said, I have one friend who likes to post basically anything that comes out of the way right internet blogosphere (e.g. calling Obama a Muslim, calling him a traitor etc.). Generally I think I’m pretty tolerant, but two posts comparing liberals to Nazis and I blocked her from my facebook news feed (not as a friend, just from my feed so I could prepare my self before looking at what she says rather than being blindsided with it).
So today on Facebook she calls out the people who had blocked her as intolerant and just not able to have a discourse.
I am basically sitting on my hands trying not to respond and cause an all out war via facebook. So instead I’m doing a mini-rant on the Bee: JUST TO BE CLEAR, anyone who compares me to being a NAZI because I align myself with the other HALF of the country, does not get to stand up on their soap box and call me intolerant for removing myself from a situation that was just going to get me and my big mouth into trouble.
Ok, that’s it. Thanks for listening. And to the conservative bees – I know the vast majority of you don’t think this way, so this isn’t anything against you guys. Hugs and good luck to all today.
Post # 3
@iRun2004: That’s completely insane. I lean conservative on fiscal issues, but I’m really liberal in terms of civil rights. We have an amendment on our ballot this year to change the MN constitution to define marriage as one man and one woman so that’s been a really hot-button issue. I’m so sick of seeing people spew bible verses all over FB in support of this stupid amendment and pretending that’s a valid reason to deny rights to others. I will be SO GLAD when today is over.
Post # 4
My fiance’s father once called Obama a half-breed in front of me. I usually don’t engage in political discussions with him because he is so forceful, arrogant, and WRONG…and he plays the whole, “You’re being emotional so your points are invalid” card. But it’s like…really?? You are a racist asshole. I think I very calmly said, “It is okay to not like someone’s policies, but insulting someone because of their birth is wrong. It’s racist.” And then he made some idiotic comment about how he hates having to be PC.
Post # 5
I will be very very glad when this election is over. Why don’t you just block the updates? Easy
Post # 6
@peachacid: Sounds exactly like my Father-In-Law, and he is blocked from my facebook feed for this exact reason!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Yikes. I full-on unfriend anyone who posts blatantly racist or homophobic crap on facebook. The idiots that post right-wing conspiracies just get blocked. Luckily, even though I do have a lot of conservative facebook friends, only my liberal friends seem to post much about politics 🙂
Post # 8
@Wonderstruck: He “pretends” he can’t remember Obama’s name…EVERY TIME HE MENTIONS HIS NAME. It’s “Hussein Hussein Barama” or something stupid.
I don’t understand how my fiance became the wonderful person he is!
Post # 9
While I have found election season a good time to figure out which of my friends are a bit bigotous (a word?) I have really enjoyed this extension that replaces political rants with cats. Less politics, more cats.
Post # 10
Thanks for letting me vent ladies. I just get the sense when we divide and spew hatred at each other like this, that the only people winning are the politicians. Gah.
Election day used to be fun, but this can’t get over fast enough.
As an update, I just sent her a very respectful email explaining why I had blocked her, and that I respect her views, but didn’t think that comparing liberals to Nazis was an expression of tolerance. And then saying that I wished her luck today and look forward to seeing lots more pictures of her kids once this is all over.
We shall see whether she responds gracefully.
Post # 11
My Mother-In-Law unfriended me a few months ago because of this- I don’t post political things, mainly because I have under 100 friends, and they’re all the same politically as me. Anyway, it was when Facebook was going through a phase where they were showing what pages your friends like and the Obama page must have popped up in her feed a few times; and I may have liked a few articles (never commented on) on Thinkprogress or Factcheck. She couldn’t deal with it, I was rather hurt and I’m not re-friending her on there after the election.
She’s the one who goes off on the rants (in person and online), not me, so I am still really bothered that I politely sit back and let them spew garbage in person but she couldn’t put up with me liking a page, quietly, online.
Post # 12
@peachacid: This is not okay. I have relatives that are the same way, and I decided that I’m calling them out on it. If it’s okay for you to say disgusting things about the President, then it’s okay for me to call you a racist ahole. Why do I have to see that horrible crap, yet they’re the ones that get upset if you call them out?
I recently told a certain uncle of mine that I made a donation to the Obama campaign and to a LGBT charity in *his* name, and I was going to keep giving money to both groups in his name for every horrific FB post he made.
Post # 13
I unfriended someone who tried to start a debate with me when I was not having it during the 2nd debate. I do not do politics on Facebook. I think people like this are just best ignored. Block their feeds and if they post things about the people who blocked them, therefore inciting those people, then ignore it too. If this was a good friend of mine I would just block them from my news feed and stay friends with them. I only unfriended this guy because I barely know him anymore. I actually blocked my dad from my news feed because I don’t like seeing all his political AND religious posts. I don’t like getting passionate about either of those topics on facebook, though I know some people use facebook as an outlet for that.
Post # 14
@BagsnBooks: You. Are. AWESOME! hahahahaha! Great idea!
@iRun2004: I would love to hear how she responds!
I am personally fiscally conservative/socially liberal (Libertarians, holla!!) but I grew up in a hugely Democratic household (mom is a politician) so I tend to feel kind of personally offended when people make remarks about liberals/Dems… But I confess that I kind of giggle when its the other way around 🙂 However, my limit is homophobia/bigotry/racism. That shit will NOT fly on my newsfeed or in person and I will straight up call somebody out.
Post # 15
You should read the thread I just posted. My own aunt called me a muslim loving socialist because I refuse tosay who Im voting for.
Post # 16
@BagsnBooks: BEST. I would love to do this to a few folks…