“Stop using social media as a platform to spew political agenda,” says guest blogger Reagan Smith. He writes: Many dread this season every four years because of the non-stop mudslinging campaigns and tiring speeches, debates, and campaigns. However, this year has just proved to be too much. A Facebook or Twitter user today cannot look at his feed without noticing an article about Donald Trump’s racism or Hillary Clinton’s emails. Many dream of the ninth of November and beyond—those glorious days when our next president has been elected.
Everyone has differing views. Therefore, no one can avoid arguing when it comes to politics. For example, my grandmother is a staunch Democrat, and she will surely vote for Clinton. My mother, while a Ben Carson supporter, has unwillingly given her support to Trump. A cousin “Feels the Bern” but has momentarily cast him aside for Hillary. A close friend has remained loyal to Trump throughout the election, even titling his election speech for Honor Society Vice President, “Make Honor Society Great Again.” I use these examples to show the diversity of people—all of whom I am closely associated with. Even within my small circle, very different views have arisen. This has made me all the more anxious for November 9.
What is even more agitating? Looking at social media has been impossible without seeing articles demonstrating how deplorable the opponent is. It is time to leave these political differences in the ballot box and stop alienating others with our comments online.