Maybe I sound old, I don’t care. I think Facebook is great. I love it. I do. I can connect with old friends and keep up with current ones. I can watch what happens in people’s lives and choose to what degree I want to be involved. Reply and interact or just read and silently judge. It really is a great tool. One of my favorite tools of Facebook is the built-in filter that allows you to see which friends are racist, ignorant or just plain stupid. It makes it worth using for that feature alone.
For years I’ve followed my “other” friends, otherwise known as republicans, with great interest. I would read their hatred-filled attacks on Obama and Hillary with a mix of enjoyment and sadness. A president like Bush that borders on a level of stupidity that just blows my mind, that flat-out lies about going to war with Iraq was okay but an intelligent person like Obama giving healthcare to poor Americans was too much to handle. He needed to be out. As much as I disagreed with their political beliefs I still liked them and wanted to keep my mind open to other ways of thinking, no matter how absurd. So I would read their posts and try to figure out what horrible event transpired in their lives to make them choose this path of ignorance. It seemed straight up crazy but I’ll be damned if they weren’t as sure in their beliefs as I was in mine. There had to be something there to learn. Right?
Turns out I was wrong. There was nothing to learn at all. The enjoyment part quickly disappeared and I was left with only sadness and disappointment. With the current crop of republican morons trying to outdo each other with ignorance and hate in order to win the hearts of the ignorant and hateful half of this country I decided enough was enough. On January 1st I will, for the first time in my Facebook lifetime, unfriend my “other” friends. It’s not that I don’t like some of you, because I do. It’s just that in order for me to continue liking you I have to have some amount of respect for you, even if it’s just a tiny, itsy-bitsy little sliver and as I read how much you like Trump and the other woman-hating twats, that respect is all but disappearing. So, as a token of friendship I will simply pretend that you’re not as ignorant as you appear to be when you consider voting that douchecanoe into office. I looked past it when you were ready to have Sarah Palin as a vice president but I just can’t do it anymore. I just can’t. As of today, in my head and heart you’re all voting for Bernie Sanders, wishing that Elizabeth Warren becomes his vice president. And as long as I don’t see the truth on Facebook we’ll all get along just fine.