Do you like political discussions on mylot?

@fwidman (11519)
United States
August 14, 2008 9:53pm CST
I do, even though I must confess that I seem to be in a minority when it comes to my political opinions about the United States. Although I have to admit that I wonder why these folks get so angry with an opinion that differs from their own. Heck, if it wasn't for differing opinions, the U.S. national anthem would be God Save The Queen. I have survived every President since Truman and hopefully will survive a few more before I go. My advice is If you don't like someone's opinion, ignore them. Don't try battling them, as that's just a waste of their time and yours. So tell me, my friends (and others) do you enjoy the political discussions on mylot? Do you ever find yourself trying to defend yourself for simply having an opinion?
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
15 Aug 08
I admit it, I'm a junkie. In fact it's almost exclusively where I post. Now, to clarify a few things, since I think I know where some of your post here came from. I have no problem with someone havign an opinion. Nor do I have a problem with someone expressing it. But, that doesn't mean if I don't agree with said opinion I'm not going to call someone on it or refute it. especialy if I consider the opinion to be a hateful one or damaging. You have the right to express it, but I also have the right to refute it. It's what we do here. I generaly try not to get nastuy or insulting no matter how upset an opinion may make me. I get passionate, I get hot under the collar and I get pretty wound up. Some things are a deeply sensative issue for me.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
It wasn't just the comment from you, I have had a few comments back that left me wondering if these people actually believe in the right of Freedom of Speech To each their own. You thought that deal with Poland was great, personally I wish America would mind it's own business. But then, I thought the same thing when the country was "assisting" Viet Nam
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@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
16 Aug 08
I didn't say I thought it was a great idea, just that I didn't think it was a bad idea. *shrug* seemed kind of a mountain made out of a mole hill to me was all.
@Latrivia (2890)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Most of the political discussions on MyLot have degenerated into partisan bashing contests recently. Conservatives take shots at liberals, democrats take shots at republicans, etc. It gets boring after a while. I don't like participating in mud slinging contests(usually), so I'm beginning to just ignore political discussions. Part of expressing an opinion is being able to defend it if challenged. When I have an opinion I wish to express, I'm not at all deterred by the possibility of having to defend it. Of course, with some people on these boards, when they can't intellectually rebut your opinion, they turn to attacking you character, which I don't tolerate. I have found myself in such situations before.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Character assassins are, unfortunately, part of politics these days. It is easier to attack someone's personality than to defend your own ideas.
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• United States
15 Aug 08
Yes, I do like political discussions on myLot; and yes, I do find myself trying to defend myself for having an opinion. Especially since I am a liberal. I've just been called "the crusty scum of a** of the filthy mongrel that is the secular progressive movement," by one of the newer conservatives at myLot. I think that was going waaaaay overboard since the subject was Rush Limbaugh, but hey, what the heck. I do like discussing and debating, but when it resorts to name calling, that is a bit much.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I agree, there really is no need for name calling. That is just so childish There is nothing wrong with being liberal, to this old hippie anyways. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and their right to think for themselves. Don't let the name calling ever get you down Give 'em hell!
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@anniepa (26606)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I'm afraid I must confess I do also, although I must really be a glutton for punishment! Being a liberal on myLot can be risky business but I never seem to learn my lesson. I don't know if I'd call what I do "battling" them but sometimes I just can't sit by and not give my opinion. I don't mind a bit if someone disagree with my opinion, if they tell me I'm wrong or tell me what they think it right but being called a moron or accused of being the one who picks fights and hurls insults when it's not true or being told not to respond to someone's posts because they don't care to know my view, now that frosts me! Annie
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
It should frost you, Annie! You have as much right to your opinion as they do. Telling people not to post is rather lame, since that is the idea of posting a discussion, so people will answer it
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@evanslf (485)
15 Aug 08
I enjoy political discussion and try to do it rationally most of the time. However, there are some issues that make me see red and then I will get pretty blunt if the need arises though I haven't done any name calling yet and hope not to.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I hope it does not come to you name calling evan
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@sweetie1026 (1724)
• Philippines
15 Aug 08
Truth is i don't. That is why i don't respond to any such discussion about my country or anywhere else. I do not like to defend my beliefs and opinions when it comes to politics. I am just not up for it. Debating about such issues,I can get involved in other topics but not politics. Though i work in the government, i do not enjoy discussing politics. Maybe i just don't like to be defending myself for my political opinions. Politics here in our country is different from yours, so i would rather keep my opinions for myself and let them be heard when really needed.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Sounds good to me You shouldn't have to defend yourself or your opinions.
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• Philippines
15 Aug 08
But there are such people who can't control their emotions and will attack you with nasty words if you differ in opinion with them, then it gets ugly.People who think that they are always right. So, i don't get involve in such discussions. Thanks!
• Nigeria
15 Aug 08
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@Ganesh44 (5547)
• India
15 Aug 08
I like all type of discussion ....if they are not boaring ....and have some good idea or information or something nice to discuss..... Thanku Ganesh
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Political discussions are rarely boring Ganesh Silly at times, but not boring!
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
15 Aug 08
Well they can certainly be some of the most interesting discussions on here sometimes! And they do tend to bring out some very intelligent people as well. Unfortunately in parallel they can bring out some pretty rigid people also! I never cease to be amazed by how fired up some people can get in regards to politics. It can be a very entertaining time watching some of these political discussions unfold.
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
They can indeed be entertaining James72. And yes, some folks do get their dander up and often rather quickly.
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@ladym33 (11009)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Honestly I don't like discussing politics at all because it gets really heated and people get really angry. I have read things on here and other social sites like this one that made me really angry, but I just bite my tongue and my typing fingers and keep my thoughts to my self. There are times I would just like to scream at people for being so stupid, but I usually do the right hting and keep my mouth shut.
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I don't mind jumping into the fray, although I am more likely to be very sarcastic or have my tongue in cheek while I am typing
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I enjoy it. Actually I am quite use to discussing politics as I do it on another site.People usually get quite passionate about their beliefs and political opinions. I've seen lots and lots of name calling. I've gotten quite a thick old skin by now and it doesn't bother me.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Name calling, at least to me, is just a childish act usually brought on by the fact that the name caller cannot think of any better way to try to defend their own opinions
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
16 Aug 08
I avoid them. I've so few that actually have any reality attached that I just never pursued that interest here. People find a link, a you-tube video, see something on the news, whatever and then proceed to pontificate about something they should have stopped to think about the source of first! As a former journalist I KNOW how the media manipulates the truth and I refuse to get involved in a losing situation any more. My days doing that are long over.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
16 Aug 08
If all of their opinions are based on what they see on the news, they are missing a lot. Maybe they should just get their news from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
16 Aug 08
Most people get their info. from tv/radio news - it's only stands to reason. But on forums like this, I see more links to online sources than quotes from last night's newscast. The internet is notoriously bereft of accuracy no matter what snopes says. To cite and totally believe an online source for news may be convenient, but it's faulty, so I never bother with online sources. I used to be member of the CNN site and even found that usually in conflict with what was reported offline, so I gave up and became my own political machine in my town and the rest of the world can spin without me! ROFL
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I don't always trust what I read, be it the newspaper or the internet
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Check my ranking and look in these eyes... (-_-) Ironically there are times I do not like political discussions as they can pump up the blood pressure by quite a bit. Most times, its quite alright. There are times it can even be amusing. To your general question, some do have valid reasons for disagreeing and debating. At times, lifestyles, ideas, rights, even the future itself is at stake. I think the most humorous part of the political scene here (and well pretty much everywhere) is that people want to speak their opinion; and at the same time they want other people to shut up and not speak theirs. Add to this whenever said person is disagreed with, they are the first to cry "foul" and "oh my god, you are trying to silence me". It reminds me of the kid that always flopped and whined in dodgeball when things didn't go her way. Before I leave, remember mylotters that even though you may disagree with someone's opinion, you aren't dealing with an ogre, a heartless, a fool or a troll. People are much more than just reds and blues... we can have so much more from the people here and others around us.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
16 Aug 08
That ranking is a tad low, my friend! Rather than get my BP pumped up, I'd much prefer to laugh at these folks that want thier opinion to be the only opinion. Much more fun that way
@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
17 Aug 08
Yea yea, about my ranking I see what you are saying there, but its much better than other interests on here.... like "Mylot" and "Life". I'm still in the 2000s there. -_-
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I do enjoy the political discussions on Mylot. I think it's a good way to express my opinions and listen to other's viewpoints. Most everybody I know in my off screen life has the same political affiliation I do and that's no fun. We just agree all the time. Actually, one thing I've noticed on Mylot is that people tend to get their political facts filtered through web sites that reflect their affiliation. I think everybody should have to run their thoughts through the Annenberg Fact Check before debating. LOL - Seriously, it's a wonderful site. A lot of the politicians use it before debates. PS: I've also survived them all since Truman.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
16 Aug 08
And I hope you survive many more Presidents. Shouldn't be that difficult, seeing as we survived this one Hard to have much of a discussion if everyone agrees!
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@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Yep. This one was a toughie.
• Spain
16 Aug 08
I do enjoy political discussions! I love politic...I do believe they are so dirty though, but i like the subject. And i think that everyone anywere on the world is free to speak their opinions, wether is a good one or a bad one. I dont defend my opinion but I do keep my point when it comes to politics. A great example of my opinion of the current president geoge W. Bush is that....He sucks! and pardon me if I ofend anyone out there....But i must say that I dont like him one bit! And to me he's the biggest murder. i also could back up my opinion by all means, but lets just say I really needed to get that out of my chest. :)
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
16 Aug 08
You certainly didn't offend me with that remark. Personally I think he sucks is too mild a term for such a doofus
@vera5d (3958)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Sometimes when something particularly interesting or newsworthy gets my attention, I will participate in a political discussion. Usually though it starts to make me angry at the world and depressed that everything is so screwed up I try to stay away from them. I think it's good to express an opinion, but many opinions are not even based on factual or correct information, so it can be a little irritating at times. I guess for me, it depends if I am in a mood where little things don't irritate me or if I'm in a mood where everything will irritate me. I usually come to mylot for inspiration & to get my mind off of other things, so if I am finding myself getting irritated by something on here (which can be political in a lot of cases) I will move on to something lighter.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
16 Aug 08
Very smart It would be a shame to come to mylot to be irritated! This site should be fun
@gemini_rose (16194)
15 Aug 08
Ahh, no I must confess I do not like the political discussions on the lot. I am not a great follower of it and I am not the best at a discussion in these types of discussions! I would much rather leave those to them that know what they are talking about, they get way too heated for me!
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
If we left political discussions to those who knew what exactly they were talking about, there would be very few discussions
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@clrumfelt (5427)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I relish the political give-and-take here on MyLot so much that it is where I post almost all the time. I never resort to name calling. If I disagree with someone and can't think of a reasonable reply for their discussion, I just keep my ideas to myself and move on to something else.
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Wise decision, to move on. Sometimes it is wiser to keep one's mouth closed then to get into something you know you cannot win nor change
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@laglen (19783)
• United States
15 Aug 08
politics - vote
I do like political discussions and I always invite differing opinions. I think if everybody agrees with you, it can make for a very boring conversation. I also have a pretty open mind and like to hear others' opinion. Doesn't mean I will change my mind, but it is always good to get various sides to each story.
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
If everybody agrees with you, there isn't much of a discussion
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@successlog (3172)
• China
15 Aug 08
hello fwidman I do like the political discussions here on mylot too.in my life.Even though i am a populace.But i also would like to express my opinions in the politics of our country.Maybe my voice is too small to hear by the leader.but I think many people maybe have the same ideas to mine. I have the fun enough. so on mylot,If i have seen some interested political discussions,i will write something.lol. good luck
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
Thank you, success! One small voice cannot be heard by any government, but put that small voice together with other small voices and sometimes the government will listen
@tivonshi (110)
• China
15 Aug 08
"If you don't like someone's opinion,ignore them. Don't try battling them,as that's just a waste of their time and yours." That's a great idea,and I'm agree with you totally. But I don't like discuss political things,I think sometimes it make me unhappy coz most of political things we can't change or decide,but we really want to,lol.
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
I think the nice thing about discussing politics is that it is a great way to get your opinions out. No, we can't really change most things, but we definitely would like too. Talking about them seems to be a good stress relief unless someone comes and attacks our personality
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
15 Aug 08
I don't mind reading them when I am bored, just to know what other people's opinions but involved in the discussions I am not going to be. I don't know much about political parties etc and I don't see anything honest or clear about it. People will say this and that in their campaigns but after being voted they will change sooner or later. I just don't see anything interesting in politics although reading what others think about it is a good way to pass time
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@fwidman (11519)
• United States
15 Aug 08
True, politicians will say just about anything to get elected then change their minds once they are in office. It is a good way to pass the time and you can always learn something from them
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