Tonawanda News — I understand holding opposing viewpoints. I know not everyone will agree with me. I know I won’t agree with everyone. Political discourse is a fine thing, really. If we don’t talk, how can we see each other’s side of the story?
But talking seems to be taking a backseat to sniping, discussion to finger-pointing and facts to “the Internet says ...”
I have friends of all political stripes — Republican, Democrat, neither, liberal, conservative — both on Facebook and in real life. Most of us manage to stay on pretty good terms with each other. Occasionally we don’t agree. OK. I can live with that.
But I’ve also heard of family members (not mine) who have simply stopped speaking to each other until the election is done. I’ve seen Facebook comments and Internet memes (from both sides) that virtually drip condescension and scorn. I’m pretty sure I’ve been defriended on Facebook, once or twice, over politics, even though I keep my own comments fairly mild (and don’t directly post anything at all). The going attitude seems to be “My way or you’re a horrible, evil person.”
What is happening to us?
Agree or disagree, we’re still ultimately on the same team. We knew that after 9/11.
When did we let it get away from us? When did it get so personal?
On Nov. 7, we’re still going to be one country. We all have to live with each other. Let’s try to remember that.
Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Jill Keppeler is a writer for the Tonawanda News. She can be reached at email@example.com.