It can be done in less than 140 characters, actually. I know, I’ve witness these assassinations of character
– by Vanessa Pennick
A few weeks ago, I posted to facebook that it was my opinion that some of the reasons that the Baltimore riots were happening was generational welfare and gangsta rap music. I was mercilessly attacked and told I was a racist.
One woman kept asking me if I knew about the secret practices of the KKK and would I please share those. (I don’t. I find the Klan repulsive and have even protested against them.) I posted a comment about Jade Helm 15 and compared it to how the Nazis conditioned their society. A woman misunderstood me and told me that I hated our military and didn’t deserve my freedom.
It’s not just happening to me. I’ve watched as other people have posted things as innocuous as not seeing what was the outrage was over the Iwo Jima Under Armor seat get told that they were un¬-American and have no respect for the military.
What’s my point?
These posting responses came from people claiming to be conservatives. The venom in them and their extremity is something that I’m used to seeing from liberals who will tell you that you hate black people because you don’t like Obamacare. So my question is ‘How is this better than what liberals do to us?’
How are we helping our cause attacking each other like this and others who disagree with us? We conservatives are supposed to be the voice of reason and respect. However, our being on facebook and exposed to a steady stream of liberal vitriol combined with our anger at the Obama Administration in particular and society at large callously throwing out traditional values, has turned us into conservative versions of Rachel Maddow.
How are we going to persuade the undecideds and just maybe some liberals to listen and agree with what we are saying when we tell people that if they don’t like a t-shirt that they should leave our country? How are we going to show that we are compassionate people who love our fellow man and fellow Americans when we make sweeping character assassinations on people that we don’t know?
Many of us doing this claim to be Christians and God says that we are to show God’s love. Yet we run down our fellow Christians and unbelievers and get upset over a few lines that someone we don’t know wrote. We tell them that they are going to hell for believing what they do. We get insulted and so we insult back. Nice witness there.
We are told in the Bible in Romans 12:17-21 that we’re supposed to not return evil with evil but to overcome evil with good. How are we doing that my fellow Christians saying that if someone disagrees with us on an issue that they are stupid and should have bad things happen to them?
We as a society have turned into an e-mob with keyboards and i-pads instead of torches and pitchforks. We conservatives should debate but not decimate and especially people that we don’t know. We ought to attack the issues, not individuals. We should talk about concerns that we have about things going on and not doing character assassinations on people we’ve never met. We need to stop trading barbs and start blessing those that wish us evil.
Believe it or not, it takes less strength to do that and shows more character. We should show others that you can disagree without destroying. We need to understand that while it’s great when you can get someone to see your point and agree with you, it’s not always going to happen and learn how to agree to disagree.
Continuing to fight for hours or even days is pointless. It’s like my Grandma says “If you hit your hit against a brick wall, you don’t hurt the wall and you only give yourself a headache.” We need to ask more questions, present more facts, get people thinking and be not screeching “I’m right and if you don’t see that, you’re stupid and need to die.” That’s akin to what the liberals do and we don’t advance our cause when we do it.
One of my favorite people in history is Abraham Lincoln. He has a wonderful quote about debating. “When the conduct of men is designed to be influenced, persuasion, kind unassuming persuasion, should ever be adopted. It is an old and true maxim that ‘a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall.’
So with men. If you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart, which, say what he will, is the great highroad to his reason, and which, once gained, you will find but little trouble in convincing him of the justice of your cause, if indeed that cause is really a good one. “
Somehow I don’t see Abe telling someone that if they didn’t like a t-shirt that they should leave the country do you? So should you?
Reposted by permission by Vanessa Pennick.