I’m slightly addicted to social media. I have a lot of friends who have been doing social media fasts and seem to love them. Me, I wouldn’t even attempt it. To be fair, social media is kind of a requirement of my job and volunteer work, so it’s not exactly feasible to quit it anyway. Besides, we all know quitting social media is the grown up version of running away. We know you’ll be back.
Because of my job, and my volunteer work, it’s definitely prudent that I remain as neutral as humanly possible, so as not to alienate everyone. I mean, what good is a morning show girl who nobody will listen to? I stay out of the Facebook drama as much as I can. By that I mean, I see it, I screenshot it, and I send it privately to my friends where we discuss the stupidity of it, rather than commenting directly on it and opening that can of worms. I failed at that yesterday.
Love it or hate it, the most recent election, and the results of it have created some intense feelings. It seems either you love the outcome, or you don’t; there’s no middle ground. I love the outcome, but not for the reason you’re thinking. Political activism, people FINALLY stepping up and caring. That’s why I love the outcome of the past year. Gone are the days where people just sit back and say “Meh…my vote doesn’t matter anyway, so why bother.”
People care. People are passionate AF about their opinions. Those opinions are spreading like wildfire on social media. I volunteer with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, a non-partisan group that works to make sure cancer related things are a priority with lawmakers. Currently, our biggest concern is making sure people with cancer have access to affordable health care. It’s not just us though. Every major health organization in the country wants to ensure the citizens of this country have access to adequate and affordable health care.
Yesterday, a friend of mine posted a video to her timeline showing some political activism regarding health care. It was met with the typical ignorance of “Where in the constitution does it say we get free healthcare?” That’s where my reason went out the window. This isn’t about free healthcare. The person who asked that question surprisingly backed down when presented with facts and logic. The private message that came from another individual was not so pleasant.
In their screaming capital letters, the message I received from someone I don’t even know read “WHY DOSE EVERYONE THINK THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH A HEALTH PLAN THAT HASN’T EVEN BEEN WRITTEN?”
Ok genius, I’ll play. The health care plan has been written, and that’s how we even know about it. The House wrote it approximately a month ago. They voted to exempt themselves from it, and then they passed it. From there, it went to the Senate. They revised it behind closed doors and released their 142 page version of it last week. Then they spent some time revising it over the weekend, and tried to drum up enough Republican support to pass it. They couldn’t, because as written, it’s a horrible plan. They don’t have the support from their own party for their plan. They don’t have the support of 81% of American citizens for their plan. Rather than face defeat, they chose to postpone the vote on their plan until after the July 4 recess. By the way, just a little friendly advice, you mean “Why does everyone,” not “why dose everyone.” I do truly hope you don’t have to use your mastery of our country’s primary language to stay on the north side of the wall you’re so excited about, because it’s not looking so good for you right now.
This person responded with a more than a few 4 letter words and called me everything but a white woman. I don’t think they were all that thrilled with my comment about them ending up on the south side of the wall based on their mastery of the English language, even though they are in fact a citizen born and bred, but I had to laugh at their final attempt to insult me. It’s laughable, because if they knew me at all, they’d know, this was a nearly impossible task.
“Just go back to pretending your funny green haired radio dj, and stay out of politics. Nobody needs your smart ass opinion, and nobody likes it anyway. Your dumb.”
Again with the proving of my point. You meant to use you’re instead of your in both instances in that sentence. I strongly suggest you take some refresher courses on grammar before that border wall is completed. I’d hate to see you stuck on the south side of it. Just a friendly reminder, in order to be a smart ass, one must first be smart. Thanks for the compliment. Have a fantastic day.
It was at this point that they realized insulting me was a pointless attempt. After assuming I called them a dumbass and once again calling me every name in the book, they were silent after I responded “If you’ll look back through our conversation, I simply suggested you might benefit from a refresher course in grammar, and said ‘in order to be a smart ass, one must first be smart.’ I’m sorry you don’t feel as if you fit in that category. Thanks again for the compliment. Have a great day.”
You’ll have to try a lot harder than that to get one up on me. I mean, I’ll play nice or ignore it when it’s a public conversation, but if you want to attack me personally in private, the gloves are off. Thanks for playing.