This just showed up in my inbox:
Number one, if you are getting your news and world information from Twitter alone, you're doing it wrong.
Odds are, I was following one of these accounts. I rarely retweet. I don't do a whole lot of interacting on Twitter, to be honest. But I do follow back about 90% of the people who follow me (and promptly unfollow back as well because of the amount of people who take advantage of that to pad their numbers). My Twitter is mostly news articles, mostly because I use it as a news feed for this site. Sometimes, someone will respond and I find it worthy of my own response (I never respond to baiting comments from people looking for a fight). And, as I said, on rare occasion, I retweet someone, usually the president or a talking head.
I have no doubt there were fake accounts from Russia. Probably a bunch of other countries as well. It's no secret other countries will do this stuff during election times for other countries. No, the USA is no different. Obama openly and actively tried to influence the elections in Israel to get Benjamin Netanyahu out of office. And I'm sure we've done it before that and will do it again.
But we're acting like this was some huge outrage that is brand new, like it has never been done before. And if the Russians hadn't sent these tweets, Hillary would certainly have won! Because, again, you are too stupid to think for yourself. Yes, I'm sure it did work on someone. Someone out there probably decided to vote for Trump because of crap they read on Twitter and Facebook because they can't be bothered to get their news from something other than social media and late night comedy shows. It's really boring, ya know, that politics and news.
But no, I don't believe the vast majority of people in the USA were stupid enough to vote based off any of this crap. I believe most of the people in the USA at least knew something about each candidate. It may not have been a lot, but it was something. The reactions people have to "bombshell" stories the media puts out tells me this is true. Stuff the media thinks will sink a candidate or a person's career, and then most people just say, "meh," and move on.
And if we're going to shake and scream about Russia setting up fake social media accounts to spray propaganda, I'd like to see that same outrage when our own government does it to other countries. Because of our elections are too sacred for that game, so are everyone else's.
FDR chucking American citizens into camps due to being of Japanese decent is totally cool. No problem. Trump is way more racist.
Don't these people get bored with this train of thought? People aren't falling for it anymore.
And the Washington Post is honoring Dr King by creating a BS pointless article for morons to toss insults at each other in the comments on. Because that, also, is in the nature of what Dr. King was hoping for the future of our country.
Let's face it, once again, he can do no right. If he chose to spend the entire day doing charity work, it would be depicted as him looking down his nose at those not as fortunate as himself. Or there wouldn't have been enough minorities in attendance.
No, Washington Post. You can't honor Dr. King by fanning the flames of racial divide.
"Racist" is just an easy way to not have to back up your hatred for him. It was the same with Obama. If you didn't agree, you were racist. It was easy. If you are "racist," they don't have to defend what Obama was doing, because obviously you don't agree because he's black. Now, since Trump is racist, they don't have to explain why they are against him. If you have valid reasons for being against the things Trump is doing, great. I can respect that. But this is just lazy.
Yeah, no bias here. Just honest, straight journalism. Just the facts and all.
At this point, I think Trump needs to just stop acknowledging the racism accusations. As I said before, it's a lazy way to get out of having to explain why you dislike him or having a rational discussion, and nothing more. No matter what he does or says or doesn't say or doesn't do, he's going to be called racist. At this point, I'd just ignore it and move on, talk over them if you have to.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is an American hero. He did a lot, not just for his race, but for America as a whole.
What saddens me deeply is that one day a year, we, as a nation, honor him and his words. But 364 days a year, we completely ignore his words. No matter how many statues are erected, no matter how many schools and roads are named after him, it means nothing if his message is lost.
This message is not directed at any one race, but rather the entire nation. We are currently living in a society where we judge people based on an arbitrary box they were placed in based on their race, gender, social standing, income, political party or lack there of, religion, etc. We have people fighting to reduce our freedoms. People actually fighting for segregation! People who want the government to be the everything in our lives. And they call that "progress."
So instead of dropping quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. one day a year and pretending you base your life on his view and his hopes, actually do. Listen to his speeches, they aren't hard to find. And learn to take each person you meet at face value instead of your preconceived notion of who they are according to what you've heard about people like them. No one is who you have heard people like them are.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a gift to a nation who desperately needed to hear what he was saying, and he came at a time when his words could be recorded for future generations long after he was gone. Listen. Then live them.
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