wombat_socho (wombat_socho) wrote,

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By way of explanation

I'm taking a break from politics for a while, and particularly from posting about it on Facebook. Which is a little annoying in a way, since FB has so many tools that make it retardedly easy to link to stuff all over the internet, but it doesn't let you put that stuff behind a cut, and therein lies the problem.

I make no secret of my political tendencies, and have no plans to change them any time soon, but unfortunately my online personality is a lot more blunt and confrontational than my RL personality. When I post political stuff to FB, it reminds a lot of my friends that I'm nowhere near them on the political spectrum. Not only that, the online me is rather prone to schadenfreude, outbursts of "I told you so", and treating my friends who voted for Obama like puppies who need their noses rubbed in their own urine. This may influence people, but it's no way to make or keep friends, and I need to back off.

Ironically, part of the reason I moved back here to the DC area was that I wanted to get away from the temptation to be involved in politics. I spent a number of years up there marinating in state politics and taking part in a number of campaigns, and it brought out a side of me that I don't really like. So I figured that moving down here would help with that. Instead, I've just changed marinades. Instead of all the Minnesota-specific stuff (which I still occasionally look at) I've found myself sucked into the no compromise/no surrender faction of the conservative movement, and, well, here we go again.

Conservative politics are important to me, not in the sense that I realistically expect to get anything out of the government at any level (and frankly, I don't WANT anything from Washington, Richmond, or city hall except for a real job as opposed to a sinecure) but because they express aspects of who I am and what I believe. After this election, though, and particularly over the last 90 days, I think people have become tired of politics and don't really want to hear about it. From either party. The more they hear about it, in fact, the more annoyed they get. Oh, there are a few people on my f-list who I know from RKBA and other politics, but by and large, most of the people I know on LJ are anime and SF fans. And most of them are to the left of me politically, if they have politics at all.

So I'm just going to stop posting about politics on Facebook and keep that sort of thing here on LJ, where I can put it behind a cut and spare the people on my f-list who really don't want to hear about it. Most of them don't post about politics that often, and when they do I can ignore it.
That's the way it is.
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