Losing Friends? This is an Extremely Personal Election!

personal election

Personal Politics and Personal Election

by Beverley Russell – Op-ed senior journalist Trumpville Report

When someone says, ” it’s nothing personal “, over the 2016 presidential election, I strongly disagree.

It’s an extremely personal election! It’s the future of our country, the future for our children, grandchildren, and future for generations to come. I love my friends and family. My solution is trying to show them the facts, in hopes, they really take it in, and perhaps change their mind. And leave it at that!

There’s no doubt that this year’s presidential race has been a nasty one, but one poll finds that it’s actually costing some Americans to lose friends.

A survey by Monmouth University shows that 7 percent of voters have lost or ended a friendship because of this election. That breaks down to 9 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters who say they’ve had friend break-ups, compared to 6 percent of Donald Trump fans and about 3 percent of other voters.

Monmouth notes that’s not too unusual – 7 percent of voters also say they’ve lost friends during past elections.

“Half of Trump supporters seem to be saying let the expletives fly, but many voters blame both sides equally for the negative tone of this year’s campaign,” polling director Patrick Murray said in a statement.

We’ve all had those Facebook friends that post crazy conspiracy theories about one presidential candidate or another. If it’s about the candidate you support and they start driving you nuts, maybe you hide their posts from your feed or delete them as a Facebook friend.

Apparently, this election is driving people so nuts that people aren’t just unfriending each other on Facebook but in real life.

Of course, the chances are that you have at least one friend or (even more likely) relative who disagrees with you. Publicly. On social media. And it’s not just Clinton versus Trump. Bernie Sanders supporters owned Facebook for much of his race against Clinton, and Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio had their partisans who were not all that excited about Trump.

According to some surveys, there’s also a decent chance you’ve unfriended somebody (or at least muted their posts) because of their political views this election year. Or at least you’ve thought of it. This is a very personal election.

It is not nonsense that you disagree with people you know, or even disagree strongly. “I love my uncle, we’re family, but this is way bigger than politics or candidates to me,” Democratic consultant Brent Blackaby told Politico, explaining why he unfriended a conservative uncle, Phillip Mullard. “This is about a fundamental disagreement about worldviews, how we treat and respect people, how we honor the political process.”

In fact, disagreements seem inevitable. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 1, 100 million U.S. Facebook users wrote, responded to, or shared four billion posts about the election, with a quarter of those just from July. “In a political environment as heated as it is right now, with voters as polarized as they are on the two political parties and the two presidential candidates, it’s not surprising that we hear voters talk about unfriending others,”.

Scott Talan, an American University communication teacher who studies social media and politics, shares with The Associated Press some suggestions for keeping the peace on Facebook this election. They range from the obvious (“Try to use civilized tones and decorum in your posts” and “Take a breath or two and think it through before commenting on a friend’s post or unfriending someone”) to the dubiously helpful (“Instead of sharp opinion statements, pose questions such as ‘how can we trust her?’ or ‘is he stable enough to be president?'”).

Talan’s best advice, though, is this: “Remember that this will all be over in November, and your friendships could and should outlast the next presidential term.”

This election is important, and it will determine the direction of the United States, if not the world. Whoever you plan to support, you should vote in November for the candidates you think will do the best job at their jobs, be it town dog catcher or commander-in-chief. If a pollster calls, by all means, share your views.

Wouldn’t you rather not know that Aunt Linda is crazy about Gary Johnson, or that cousin Chad is going all-in on the Greens this year? Maybe that family reunion picnic this fall will be more pleasant if you don’t discuss the election — or know that your nephew is a hard-core Trump fanboy, or your Uncle Wilton thinks Clinton is the cat’s pajamas. Presumably, your relationships, be it by kin or choice, are built on more than just who you vote for. But with the country so divided, this election could go down in history as, the most debated and discussed election in America.

Might the next president drastically affect your life? Sure. The odds are much greater that you’ll see Uncle Wilton at Thanksgiving in five years, or run into Julie at your class reunion than that Trump delivers the world into nuclear Armageddon or Clinton attacks China to distract from some scandal in her administration.

It’s going to be an ugly campaign. Talan, the social media and politics researcher, has one more survival tip, and at first glance, it’s creatively cryptic. On second glance, it isn’t bad advice: “Try not to be like the candidates.” Your friendships and family ties are worth more than that.

It is incredibly hard for me not to try and persuade my family and friends to vote for Trump. I feel deeply that there may not be family reunions or friendly get together’s if Hillary Clinton has her way. She will globalize America into a New World Order. While Trump will unite Americans and fight for Nationalism, and America first!

It is best to try to talk to people about your passions for your candidate, but don’t let it go as far as to have an extreme argument.

I am an extremely passionate person for my chosen presidential candidate, Donald J Trump. I do everything in my power to get his word out. To enlighten people on the pros of a Trump administration compared to the cons of a Hillary Clinton administration.

However you can not change someone’s mind, you can only present them the facts, and hope, they will change their mind themselves.

“personal election”,  by Beverley Russell – Op-ed senior journalist Trumpville Report

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