I used to write political posts on other blog sites. I’d write how the left and the right are both equally stupid and get those on the right calling me a liberal snowflake and those on the left calling me a Trumpster. That’s why I avoid political blogs these days and speaking my mind concerning politics. It leads to nothing but name calling and bashing other people. No one can have a civil debate, especially not on the internet. It just leads to one great big free-for-all of shit slinging.
It was fun seeing all those who took politics so seriously getting riled up over what some unknown on the internet said about their political party? Who cares what political party someone aligns themselves with? Neither party gives a flying fuck about you. Why should you give a flying fuck about them?
I don’t know if it’s laziness on my part or apathy or what. I do pay attention to the news, but I don’t see the need to get involved with any of it. I’ll never change anyone’s mind and they’ll never change mine. I shouldn’t say never. If you have a valid point and solid arguments then my opinion can be swayed. I’m stubborn, I’m not stupid. When facts are represented to me as facts then I can bow out and say, “OK. You’re right.”
That’s the problem. Too many people are concerned with being right and the internet allows them that freedom. They can argue all through the day and night and no one is going to convince them of what they already believe because it’s the internet. You don’t have to have an informed opinion. You can just post whatever link you found as proof and say, “There. My work is done for the day.” Does it matter that the website you posted the link to is satire and isn’t mean to be taken seriously? No, because you posted it as fact and it’s going to remain a fact to you no matter what other people say. They can link you to sites debunking the one you posted, but you can just call that site biased and left- or -right leaning and call it a day.
I believe in total freedom as far as free speech is concerned. You should be allowed to be as bigoted, hateful, and stupid as you want. I don’t even believe in suppressing hate speech because it’s free speech. It’s when you set out to physically harm other human beings is when I have the problem. The left- and right-leaning on these websites only believe in freedom when it suits them. They want freedom of speech for themselves, but not for those who think or believe differently than they do.
To me the only people who shouldn’t have free speech are hippies … and juggalos … and the left … and the right. OK, so only I should be allowed to have free speech and everyone else should have the right to shut the fuck up.