My Facebook page is always alight with passionate political debate. When 75% of your friends consist of liberal-Democrat Jews, how could it not! Many a never-to-be-recovered minutes have been spent pointlessly debating issues like the state of the economy, the Obama(Doesn't)Care ruling, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker's recall election, presumptive GOP candidate Mitt Romney, and everything in between.
So, yesterday I got "friend-ed" by one of those aforementioned liberal-Democrat Jew types from college. Within minutes of accepting his request this morning, my news feed was adorned with liberal talking points and those annoying graphics purportedly debunking "GOP lies" and the "right-wing propaganda machine".
Here's one of those posts:
I remember exactly when Rush made this statement. He was responding to a statement made by Obama or one of his spokespeople (Carney, Geithner maybe) who told a news reporter that hiring more police, teachers, and firefighters constitute *private* sector employment. Rush has no animus toward firefighters, as falsely implied by this graphic! His point was that firefighters make up *public* sector jobs and paying them doesn't contribute to the economy b/c, like any public sector job, paying them requires taking money out of the *private* sector via taxation.
Watch out for snippets like this that take people's statements out of context to paint them as something they're not.
Having checked the Rush archives after the fact, I discovered it was David Axelrod who (along with Obama) said it. It was mid-June, soon after Obama ridiculously claimed that the private sector was doing fine and that it was the public sector was in trouble. Rush argued, correctly, that, like police and teachers, firefighters are mainly public sector jobs. In addition, while Obama and Axelrod (and Biden at one point earlier this year) were incorrectly claiming that there is a dearth of police and firefighters and teachers, Rush pointed out that these jobs are virtually all municipal and state responsibilities; the federal government should have little to no responsibility for such hirings.
That's why I responded to my very new very liberal Facebook friend. I knew he didn't know the context within which Rush made that comment.
One minute later he posted this retort:
If you're going to defend Rush, we really don't have anything to discuss.
So I wrote back:
OK, then. Adios.
And de-friended him.
So much for another day in Real-ville.
There are a lot of conservatives that complain about getting de-friended by liberal Facebook friends who weren't tolerant and open-minded enough to handle that someone else would have the audacity to have an opinion that doesn't match their own. I am one of them.
Well, here's an instance of me de-friending a liberal Facebook friend because of his political opinions.
And ya know what? I can live with that.