By evan myers, editor-in-chief
Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and every other source of social media has become a well of poison for the average American. As the election comes to a close and president elect Donald Trump is preparing to move into the White House in a few short months, it was hard not to wonder what might happen next on the blogosphere with regards to social media relationships. The transitioning period from Donald Trump the candidate to Donald Trump the president has been evidently traumatizing for those on the Left. A quick browse through my Newsfeed revealed some of the most melodramatic statements I’d ever seen. Here’s a sample:
“I am ashamed to be an American.”
“I woke up to a nightmare.”
“God is dead.”
And my personal favorite:
“Time for me to make good on my promise: Who needs my help packing their bags so they can move to Canada?”
For those who posted similar sentiments, I don’t intend to mock you for your political beliefs themselves, but rather for the behavior with which you have presented them. For months, the internet’s social justice warriors passionately engaged against their enemy. They clacked away at their keyboards, condemning Trump, a villain whom they had labeled as the culmination of all things racist, sexist, homophobic and hateful. While the validity of these claims against our future president’s character should certainly be examined closely, the Left’s furious reaction following the news of his victory is embarrassingly childish.
This goes for both ends. My personal Facebook Newsfeed was producing some seriously disturbing material. If it wasn’t images of Hillary supporters holding each other and bawling their eyes out, or anti-Trump protesters shouting obscenities in the streets of New York City, it was anecdotes about Trump supporters gloating in their victory, verbally and often physically abusing random civilians who were black, Muslim, or gay.
How has it come to this? We’ve allowed the divisiveness of a single election to tear families and friendships apart. And the hostile environment of social media is completely to blame. These platforms have somehow encouraged us to determine the worth of an individual based on identity politics. How could that ever be a good thing?
To the individuals fostering this outright political division: Do you really think that you’re contributing to making this country a better place? If you believe that you are making a difference by re-posting BuzzFeed articles about how Hillary Clinton was our only hope, and Donald Trump is nothing but a racist, misogynistic Hitler reincarnate, perhaps it’s time for us to begin working toward a solution, toward true progress: Harmony. Have we forgotten that the American government has three branches? You might feel that Facebook is the only medium with which you can have your voice heard anymore, but how many of you have written a letter to your congressman about your concerns? Real progress isn’t made on Facebook Newsfeeds. It’s made in courtrooms and on battlefields. Inflammatory Facebook political activism might raise awareness about current events and public policy, but childish rhetoric makes about as much impact on the world as the writing on a bathroom wall at a truck stop.
Diversity–specifically intellectual diversity–in civil discourse is the most valuable part of a democratic form of government. As the smoke clears from the viciousness of this election cycle, I propose that now should be a time for healing, a time for reflection. Liberals: You can continue to fight for what you believe in and make the countless Americans on your side proud, but do so with dignity and respect for the political process. Accept your losses.
Conservatives: This is a critical juncture for the Republican party, but also for the millions of center-right conservatives and Libertarians living in this country. It is time to redefine what it means to be a conservative, which shouldn’t simply be chanting catchy slogans and drinking the Kool-Aid of American exceptionalism. And it is absolutely not about encouraging violence against minorities. It is not about any kind of “-ism.” It is time to start celebrating the values of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. It’s time to start encouraging citizens to be better people, which is what set this nation apart from others in the first place. So that is how we actually Make America Great Again.