Political Opinion and Common Decency

The other day I wrote something on twitter and it had a typo, I meant to type I have no option, instead I typed I have no opinion. There is no edit option on Twitter, so I put under it what I meant, one of my awesome Twitter friend, Gin, said I know better than to believe you have no opinion. Ha, she is right, she said it in a good nature way, of course,  but right she is.

I do have an opinion that has been brewing for a while now, so you will get to see that now. Simply because I cannot keep it in any longer.

A little while back, an actress I follow on social media let it be known who her candidate for President was. She had a political opinion, at the end of her post, which was respectful and not filled with vitriol, she said I know most of you will say oh you’re just a silly actress what do you know. But I hope you will be respectful.

I will tell you I don’t agree with her politics, but that does not stop me from liking her work and watching shows or movies she is in. Her post made me sad, it made me sad because she had to say please don’t hate me for my opinion.

We should not have to do that, we should be able to support whatever candidate we want without fear of hate being spewed at us.

What I have noticed on social media, since it hit with a vengeance, and this happens on both sides of the fence, not just one or the other, both. Is that if someone agrees with a particular famous person they are so brave for saying what they think and standing up for their right to say it. If they do not agree with a famous person, well, then you would think they don’t have a right to live. People, once again, from both sides of the political fence, come after them with a vengeance. It is so disheartening to see, we all have a right to our opinion and we all have a right to voice said opinion.

We have a right to do it, my fervent hope and prayer is that everyone state their opinion with respect and kindness. We see a lot of that word lately, kindness, however I see few actually practicing it.

There are plenty of actors and actresses I don’t agree with politically, there are plenty I do agree with. I don’t agree with everything with the ones I do agree with on some things.

Take Dean Cain for instance, I agree with some things he says, I don’t agree with some things he says. However I respect his right to state his opinions.

I will continue to enjoy movies and shows with actors and actresses that I don’t agree with politically. I still live in the United States of America, so I get to say what I think and believe, however, I will say those things with respect to others. I will abstain from name calling and vitriol, I do reserve the right to roll my eyes in exasperation when someone says something way out there. In my humble opinion, of course, that is what we have, our opinions.

Please don’t lose friendships over political differences, in the end, all we have is each other and common decency. Let’s practice that, once again, I feel the need to say this is my world, my opinions and if you disagree with them I hope you will state them with respect. If not, I reserve the right to delete and not publish them on my website. As usual any comments, questions or criticisms can be left here or sent to me at angie@angieworld.com.

 

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