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Saturday, October 6, 2018

Why My Twitter Feed Became Political

     With the confirmation process surrounding Judge Kavanaugh my twitter feed suddenly became extremely political a little over a month ago.  This was never my intention but I don't back down from it.

     There are times in our lives where we must stand up and be counted.  Right now, the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a highly intense moment in history with high emotions on both sides.  I have been honest with my friends and honest on social media about where I stand.  

     I may have lost Twitter followers and I may have gained others.  Neither of those matter to me.  What matters is that I spoke up in the medium that I thought I could be heard in.

     I can't just pack up and head to DC to protest or support someone.  I don't have the finances to up-end my life to harass congressmen and women in order to be heard.  I don't have money to support one candidate over another but what I do have is the pulpit that social media has given each and everyone of us.

     On Twitter over the last month I have tweeted and retweeted.  I have laughed at something I tweeted and yelled angrily as I shared others.  Many tweets that I retweeted have been pointed towards democrats as a whole or screaming protesters acting like spoiled children.  While this may not seem like it comports with someone who has stayed out of the political by trying to be uplifting or encouraging, -- I have to remind that I also attempt to challenge my readers as well.

     So why did I tweet such political stuff?

     I'm a conservative who has grown up being called a racist because of the color of my skin and yet to those of color who have met me and gotten to know me they know their skin color means nothing to me.  I love and treat everyone the same.

     I'm a conservative who has been told that because of my Christian faith and my conservative politics that I'm a bigot, a homophobic, who hates those who are part of the LGBTQ community.  Yet those from that community that have met me and gotten to know me know that their personal choices don't matter.  I love and treat everyone the same.

     I'm a conservative who believes in the Bible.  I believe in the innate worth of each human being and I've spent my life being ridiculed for my faith.  But it is from that faith that I find my strength.

     I tweeted the political stuff I did because I could not stand the spectacle that this whole process had become.  I could not stay quite for one more moment.  

     I was raised in a democratic home with democratic parents and surprised them when I registered as a republican not long after turning 18.  My parents had raised me to listen and make up my own mind and I learned that emotional arguments tended to be used when someone could not debate on the merits of an argument.  

     This is exactly what I saw happening.  Instead of debating Kavanaugh on the merits, I heard demagoguery....a whipping up of emotion and passion that was shutting down any form of deliberate and reasoned deliberation.  With the demagoguery in full force, the fear-mongering and exploitation of the ignorance of Kavanaugh's judicial rulings, the allegations of sexual misconduct surface at 5 minutes to mid-night.  

     At this point the foolishness went into high gear.  Just the mere accusation was considered as proof of his guilt.  Without attempting to verify his guilt or innocence....he was guilty! As a mother and a wife that was the last straw.  It was unacceptable!  I listened to Prof. Ford testify and had extreme gut reactions to her.  I listened to Judge Kavanaugh and wept.  

This touched me on a very personal level.
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