Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Social Media: A Blessing and a Curse: Let's Try to Tell the Truth

Tuesday greetings on the feels-like-a-Monday Tuesday!

Social media is a blessing and a curse, don't you think?

I was visiting Facebook on Memorial Day and came across a re-post, which showed the late President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, walking amid the white crosses presumably at Arlington National Cemetery.


The caption read:

"This is what a REAL AMERICAN PRESIDENT does on MEMORIAL DAY."

The implication, of course, is that our current president is not a "REAL AMERICAN PRESIDENT." It perturbed me slightly. For whatever reason, I went against a basic instinct and read some of the comments posted to the original post:

"He wasn't kissing the #ss of the Japs that attacked us."

"He wasn't a Muslim either."

"Not going to happen this year."

"Where is our Commander and chief. Honoring a country that bushwhacked us."

So, what did I learn from this? If you are going to share a post posted by someone else, first check the comments on the original post; they will be dragged long with the post.

Secondly, the ferociousness of my fellow citizens in this country exposes such a deep hatred; I find it difficult to wrap my brain around this. Where is this country headed?

Thirdly, I did some research and found that our current president was in the same place yesterday as Nancy and Ronald Reagan were when their photo was taken: Arlington National Cemetery.


Yesterday we honored those who died to protect the freedoms we enjoy in this country. One of those freedoms, of course, is the freedom of speech. I just wish that when citizens exercise this freedom, they do so without hatred, with malice toward none, and with the simple truth.

Thanks for listening to my rant.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

3 comments:

Cyndi Letzeisen said...

Amen Jerry! I agree snopes is a great way to fact check you postings! We all have our opinions but it should always be done with love.

Mary Kane Mauer said...

Well said! After 8 years with economic recovery and security preserved, this President has experienced a racist response that continues to shock.

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!! I cannot believe the disrespect and disheartening commentary that accompanies so much hateful rhetoric on social media regarding our current President. He is the President of the United States and many of us elected him. The cynicism that reigns in today's world
feeds so much hate it is truly frightening.