We all remember that from our moms, right?
It’s not what you say, but how you say it. It may be true to some extent, but as the divide between the left and the right seemingly gets wider, it is also about what you say.
Before I got sidetracked by the whole Duck Dynasty fiasco, I had started writing about how a seemingly unimportant topic can morph into a hate fest. How our opinions can no longer be discussed in a civil manner, and hatred has replaced understanding. It is almost impossible to respectfully disagree with someone without being branded as “the enemy.”
Where has common sense gone?
What started me down this path of thinking was a Facebook post. It was about this picture of our President.
To be honest, I thought the story was stupid. Somehow it was trying to state that the photo was proof of Obama’s communist intentions. I didn’t get it, but if you would like to read the entire short article, you can find it here:
But it wasn’t the story that really got me thinking, it was the comments that followed the story. Although the section right above the comments stated that the website had “no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior,” right below that the first comment contained almost all of those things, minus the all caps.
Arrogant Narcisstist Homosexual Penis Gobbling Muslim Pig is what Obama truly is! I truly wish he would be giving a speech on National TV and his head explode in a red spray of hair, teeth, and eyeballs! That would be a true Blessing upon our Nation! In fact, I would even dance in the street like a pig muslim on 9/11, while singing “The Wicked Witch of the East is Dead”!
I did not edit this. That is exactly how it appears on the site.
Let’s jump forward to that whole freedom of speech thing we have been hearing so much about over the past two days. Is this protected speech? I guess, but it could also be taken as a threat against the President. Which by the way is a federal offence. Even worse than the comment itself, twenty-six people “liked” the comment.
But this was not an isolated offense. From the same comment section:
I would love to have one so I can take it to the range also. I used saddam husein pic. at the range and filled his face with 15 holes from a 9mm two months ago and it gave me such a rush. I know how to shoot well.
Do you see a pattern starting here?
There were plenty of comparisons to dictators past and present, but there were also a number of comments like this:
Barack is a gay communist jerkawff.
Alah, Alah, this Evil Muslim, Homosexual, Pervert, Lying, piece of Trash, is a Jerk.
All this hatred and intolerance from a dumb story about an over-sized picture hanging in an embassy in London. Where does this come from?
And that brings us back to our old friend Phil Robertson. Yes Phil, you do have the right to say what you like and to express your opinion. And so do you billwhit1357, 094870, MoDeVille and vietnamvet1971. But it also gives me the right to call you what you really are:
I have a number of friends that have opinions that are different than my own. Hell, I have members of my own family that are politically opposite from myself. Yet somehow, we all manage to get along just fine. We can have conversations and exchange ideas, and no one has to resort to name calling or blowing someones head off.
Maybe it time we all took one more piece of advise from mom.
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.