questionsdoes anyone else have facebook friends that…

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One of my best friends is voting for Mitt Romney because she said he's more experienced in business or whatever. I shook my head and thought to myself 'This country doesn't need to be run like a business, it needs to be run like a hospital.' She's probably more against Obama than I am against Romney. Granted, she is not one of my friends who fills my newsfeed with political opinions. I only know her opinions because her views are important to me and so I ask her for them.
But I think many people only see one side of things. Like, for me, if it weren't for Obamacare, I'd have no insurance and would have never been able to afford a 'routine' echocardiogram (ultrasound on your heart) and they never would have realized that the repairs done on my heart when I was a little kid are no longer fixed and that my right ventricle is weak. But I also understand that Obamacare has hurt people like my friend because now she has to pay more for insurance (I'm ignorant about the correlation).

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And when you only see one side of things, you tend to ignore the fact that there is another side. If you don't like Romney, every negative thing you read about him (true or not) just adds to your 'hatred'. Same goes for Obama. And then people start ranting and raving...
I recently shared a 'meme' of sorts that said "If you think there is wiggle room when it comes to (don't think I can post the word here, nor do I want to trigger anyone, so we'll say forcible relations I guess), then you MIGHT be a Republican." Obviously not every republican wants to redefine (see above), and not every republican has idiotic views on how women get pregnant, but I'm sure there are some people on my facebook that think I actually think blanket statements like that are true.

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Yes, I do and I am betting it will get worse closer to November.

I really wish people would get that I'm not on Facebook to read your political views. Anyone that posts exclusively political items will be unfriended.

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This is all I post:

I appreciate that everyone has the right to their own opinion, whether or not others agree. I know that the political season is in full swing, but do us all a favor, if you are so adamant about you opinions then express them in November by voting.

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I love my insanely diverse facebook friends and their incredibly diverse rants. I have friends who post almost nothing but stream of consciousness, some who mostly promote their business, some who put up tons of nature photos, some who have nearly nothing but political comments, some who rival Dali for surrealism. If I had to unfriend everyone who, at times, disagrees with me I would have no friends at all.

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To some, I might be one of the above friends. I don't post anything like "OMG, Romney is a sparkly vampire!" or "Dodos went extinct because Obama used them all in satanic rituals!" But if a politician says something completely out there, like when they suggest that women have an unusually high level of control over reproduction, I may link the article I read and rhetorically ask how bozos like this get elected in the first place.

I am one of those crazy folks who don't use Facebook to play games and post photos of my food. I comment on things that matter to me. The election is one of those things, and so I occasionally post an article or comment on it. I do try to limit it more to big issues rather than spam people's feeds with mudslinging and fear mongering.

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I sure do. I have a pat response for all those posts. Please take time to make sure all those claims are true. http://factcheck.org/ And remember to vote.

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What are "Facebook friends"?

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I hate to say it, but without all those politcal groups out there on FB, I would not know half of what is going on. .

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I'm much more concerned about my facebook friends' insane dedication to crappy flash games.

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I rant about my political views much of the day on Facebook. If I can get one person to vote this clown out of office by doing so... all worth it.

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I see it from both sides. I hate politics in general, because 99% of the time, it's trashing the other side instead of an actual discussion of an issue. It doesn't accomplish anything being a [whizzing] contest.

I really just ignore it, though sometimes someone posts something and someone else disagrees and they just fight and it can be funny because it's so irrelevant to the original point.

I also like how the same insults (ie: is Hitler) are flung at the major candidate for both sides.

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I'm not sure if I would call them friends, just an acquiescence. So I should probably delete them. Thanks for the advice.

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I'm taking the tact of another FB friend: If you start posting political stuff, I'm gonna unfriend you. Lost one friend so far.

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I mostly just quickly browse thru the politically based posts. Every so often, one is posted with completely FALSE information. I tend to correct those. And I've corrected/logically explained for both sides in the last week.

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And now you have created your Facebook feed in Woot. Bravo.

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I just skim and move on, or hide all posts. If that's all they post with nothing else, chances are I've already dropped them.

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Yeah I usually hide all those news feeds. Still like the person, just can't stand their rants.

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It usually doesn't bother me too much, unless it is a totally baseless rant rooted in absolute fiction. The games and sharing of stupid quote pictures is more annoying to me. I actually have some "friends" purely for political reasons (before I started on Twitter) but I generally reserve all politics for Twitter. I'm a food/vacation/family picture poster on FB. Well, not so much "food" as "random interesting stuff I see" but you get the idea.

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First of all, no; because I'm not on facebook. I have been told I am the only person left on planet earth who is not on facebook; I guess it may be the only distinguishing feature I have left.

Second, one person's "extreme political views" are another person's well-thought-out and perfectly rational argument. I could state here which active politicians I view to be extreme and which I view to be rational, and within moments someone will respond to say that I must be some kind of monster or moron to hold such views.

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Election season is like the Groundhog Day movie version of Thanksgiving: Your drunk Uncle Ernie runs his mouth before slipping into a mouth breathing coma/sleep in the recliner and then everyone can relax and have a good time. November 7th can't come soon enough.

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I only put up with so many political rants. I can deal with the odd one, but if a person's news feed turns into a political screen I will mute them.

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It's been my experience that those with the most radical views are more likely to rant about them. It's also my opinion that politics is virtually indistinguishable from religion, since it's a complex enough issue that there are rarely clear-cut "right" answers, and everyone sticks to their views as a matter of faith rather than reason, even in the face of contradictory facts.

I also have little use for FB beyond checking news from a couple corporate sites which interest me, so I happily avoid at least that outlet for vitriol.

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I may be that friend. I tend to link articles that make me think/feel - some are political. I will not hide my opinion. I have had friends post the "please don't flood my feed with politics or I'll delete you post." - I've told them that they should probably delete me then. Or at least hide me from your feed.

If I have to read all of their posts about how much they hate their: job/coworkers/car/house/life/kids/spouse/family/nail polish/etc - then I'm free to post about things that I support or dislike as well.

Now, how about we stop trying to police what other people say on their own page? Just because you're their friend, doesn't mean you have to agree with them. Just because they are your friend, doesn't mean they have to be quiet because you don't like what they're saying.

Back to the posts about puppies/babies/contests/and every lame game on facebook. 3-2-1 GO!
Oh... and politics... because hey - it matters.