Last week, Facebook was abuzz with comments on the Boston Marathon bombing. My newsfeed was filled with prayers and well wishes for the city of Boston and all affected by the blast that took three lives including that of an 8-year old child. Like 911, Americans were united again… or so I thought… until I began to read the posts from my more conservative Facebook friends. One former co-worker took less than a day to blame President Obama for the Boston bombing, posting something like: “This would never have happened on Bush’s watch!” Knock, knock, knock! “Hello? Anyone home? Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001?” I can tell you where he was. He was reading to elementary school children in Sarasota County, Fla.
This week, amidst a barrage of musings on the second amendment, the stupidity of gun control supporter, and the violent tendencies of Muslims, this same former co-worker posted a message declaring President Obama, “… the most inept, corrupt, wasteful, subversive, destructive and divisive President ever… twice elected because of the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.” What’s more amazing (but not surprising) is that some of her friends clicked the “Like” button for this nonsense.
Now I’m sure she was just reposting something she saw on some other idiot’s Facebook page. Clearly she’s not smart enough to have completed such a thought on her own. And George W. Bush should be thankful that he was three years into his presidency when Facebook was founded. Facebook junkies missed the election that Bush stole, 911, the beginning of the war in Iraq under false pretenses, and some questionable trading by a company headed by his Vice President.
Now I was never a fan of George W. Bush. But I don’t blame him for 911 or the manner in which he handled the aftermath. After all, this was an unprecedented act committed on U.S. soil. No one had any experience dealing with such an attack. And to our credit, the entire nation supported the President in his effort to bring terrorists to justice. What irks me is the double standard conservatives use to qualify patriotism. If you opposed Bush’s foreign policies for any reason after 911, you were labeled by the right as a traitor, an atheist, and anything else they could think of. Yet no one holds conservatives to task as they do the most un-American of things any American can do… denigrate our commander in chief.
I took a sabbatical from Facebook during election season because I couldn’t stand to read the posts from both sides that represented hatred and ignorance. Oh, I tried to bring a little diversity to my newsfeed, befriending those who did not share all of my views… my life experiences. Nobody loves a good debate more than I. But I don’t respect people who can’t support a political position without a initiating a full-scale personal attack on the opposition. My number of Facebook friends just decreased by one. So much for social media.
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