Thomas R Alexander

Manager, Developer, and professional problem solver

Election Day

Election Day: the end of months of political banter, negative ads, and social media politicians. I am actually building a house made entirely of political flyers I’ve received in the mail this election year. I counted well over 200. TWO-HUNDRED pieces of mail, lobbying for MY vote. In Michigan, we are fighting over whether renewable energy should be enforced, yet we are wasting trees, ink, and the environment to print out crap that very few read.

The only thing worse than 200 flyers is 200 friends on social media crop-dusting my news feed with LOLz and Internet memes, expressing political interests. Has “Free Speech” gotten out of hand? Why do people get so passionate about this stuff for only four months every four years? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not promoting that they go out and constantly talk politics– that’ll land them square in the “fuck if I care what you say” list of friends—but rather, do something about it or shut up. Look, if you’re in favor of abortion now, odds are you’re not going to change that. Therefore, you know you’re voting democrat no matter what. Do it and shut up.

Instead, many people find it necessary to post links and pictures that relate to their beliefs, while ignorantly believing that no one will respond against it. Here is how most of those conversations on FB go:

Amy: OMG Romney says he is a business man, but he will ruin this country. He’s MORMON!

Joe: Dude, do you even know what Mormanism is? You act like he’s Jewish or something.

Ezikiel: What’s wrong with being Jewish?

Joe: No hard feelings, Zeke. Just proving a point.

Amy: Mormanism = moronism LOL

Joe: Fuck this country, we’re fucked.

Amy: Not if Obama is in office. Obama cares about me PERSONALLY!

Ezikiel: That’s because you shhticked him last night

Joe: Romney FTW!


Fun isn’t it? We get it, you love your political candidate so much, you’d lose a few FB “friends” over it. Why not go back to how it used to be and put your bumper sticker on your car and a sign on your lawn? People will know where you stand, but you don’t have to shove it in everyone’s faces. If you love your candidate as much as you lead the social media to believe, you better be watching CSPAN and every speech/game show/talk show/Saturday Night Live/ESPN game the president is a part of. If not, keep it all to yourself. Thanks.


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