STFU Fridays: Political Posters


I’m not sure if I’ve talked about political posters before, but we’re going to have a little elaboration today for STFU Fridays. I mean it seems only appropriate now that the conventions are officially over and the vitriolic hate-mongering from both sides of the aisle is about to begin.

Facebook Political Posters:

Shut the Fuck Up

Yeah, sure – everyone uses Facebook for a different reason. Don’t think I forgot that I just talked about that a week or two ago. But at some point, you are going to be permanently hidden from my newsfeed if you continue to post meme after meme after meme after GODDAMNED MEME about your political views, most often in the most radical way possible.

Here are a few of my most recent favorites:

(Posted by four friends)

(Posted by nine friends)

Here’s the thing, Facebook friends: I want you to stay on my newsfeed. I want to hear about when you buy your new condo. I want to know when you get engaged. I want to see the photographs from your beautiful vacation in the Barbados. I want to see all 790 Instagram photographs you post this week of your kid. I want to see all of that and be a part of your life because, after all – we are friends.

What I don’t want to see is your political nonsense being shoved down my throat every time I log onto the computer to congratulate people for their life updates and new pregnancies and amazing jobs.

Shut the fuck up.

Twitter Political Posters:

Shut the Fuck Up

So despite the fact that I hate politics, I do often watch political commentary and the news channels, and I read the Google News Aggregate daily. This political season, I may not pay too much attention because it is usually a lot of frustration for naught, but what can I say – I like to know what’s going on in the world. Typically I watch and read about it all just to find out what else is happening around the world – health, war, entertainment, and other such news.

I also have an humongous crush on Wolf Blitzer.

This is probably the case with a fair number of people that use social media (the wanting to know about what’s going on in the world part). It’s probably the case with a fair number of people that have the Internet. And it’s likely so with probably the majority of people that have televisions. And I think it’s probably safe to say with at least a few of the remaining people that do not have the Internet or do not use social media or do not have a TV, but still have a pulse and read the newspaper.

That means that when I go on Twitter, it is entirely unnecessary for people to be Tweeting the quotes that I just saw someone say on CNN or MSNBC or Fox or whatever channel I am watching over and over and over again, with no other substance in between. I watched the President give his speech this evening. Why was it necessary for me to then read the entire thing quoted on Twitter? I get it: the quote inspired you. THEN SAY THAT!

Or shut the fuck up.

Email Political Posters:

Shut the Fuck Up

I don’t get too many personal emails anymore. Now that we have social media and unlimited texting plans, it looks like email is going the way of the stamped letter.

When I do get emails, they are generally one of two kinds of emails:

(1) Some stupid shit animal or angel photos that have glitter and prayers and chain letter crap on them about how if I don’t forward it to 20 people I’ll die in the next week; or,

(2) Political diatribes.

These upset me because I feel like if you send an email to someone you know, it should be a little more personal and “how are you”/”I’m doing great!” Not a bunch of biased crap about, or in most cases against, any given political ideology. It hurts my feelings, actually. There are some people that I don’t hear from all year until it’s election time, and then they send me forty damn emails a day, my email included in the list of 200 others cc’d, with a bunch of impersonal, political crap.

Seriously, email political posters: take the time to send a sincere email to me once in a while amidst all your politico crap, or shut the fuck up.

That about concludes our Shut the Fuck Up Friday! Now that the games have officially begun, may we all bury our heads in the sand until November 6th has come and gone. I’m sure by now you are all wondering where I stand on the issues, despite my disgust for political posters. Because I’m a woman and pretty mouthy, am I a Democrat? I used to work for them. When I quit because of the local party’s corruption, did I become a Republican? They’re just as bad. I’m not really sure where I stand. Maybe on the issues, where we all should.

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22 Comments on “STFU Fridays: Political Posters

  1. Great Rant. Completely agree with all of it. I can’t stand the constant stream of updates and bragging that I (willingly, no less) put up with on facebook. I get it! You’re life is $%#@ing perfect, now go eat one.

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  3. I have a Republican cousin on Facebook who posts anti-Obama somethings every 30 seconds. It’s obsessive. His mom (my Aunt) never writes me an email, but sends me a few forwards a day about Angels and cats and death threat chain letters. I wonder if it’s genetic?

  4. Bet you $5 that there is a whole lot of Republican memebers of congress sleeping on their couches.

    • We can only hope, although perhaps the scariest thing about politics now is that many of the women involved totally stand by the types of things their Republican Congressmen assert. I’m not scared when a man calls a rape “legitimate” or “illegitimate.” I’m scared as shit, though, when a woman starts talking like that…

  5. Preaching to the choir! I have my opinions and for the most part I try to keep them to myself. My whole family is the polar opposite from me politically so occasionally I have to assert myself when they say something I just can’t take. That video is both disturbing and hysterical. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. I agree that a two party system is not what we need in this country. I sometimes get the feeling that we have been bought and paid for by the corporations that have paid their way into running our government and that it is all just one giant conspiracy to keep us fighting against each other instead of focusing on the real problems in this country. Anyway, I digress. Agree, agree, agree. That is what I meant to say.

  6. I pretty much stopped following politics a few years back, because it’s all lies and bullshit wrapped in more lies and bullshit. I personally feel we’d be better off if we had NO political parties and only middle class or poor people were allowed to run. But that’s just me. 🙂

  7. Modern politics have become a thing of sport rather than substance. My wife and I were sitting down last night and happen to stumble upon the president’s speech. She wanted to watch the commentary about it, in particular Fox News. She said the same thing I have been saying to myself for freaking years (and something that I probably posted in a blog some time ago). She said “damn, this is like watching ESPN with all the commentary and analysis and shit”.

    Personally, I don’t give a fuck which political party is in power, they are all a bunch of freaking crooks and liars (sounds like a board game). I don’t depend on government to do a got damn thing for me anyway (although I don’t mind receiving my VA disability and GI Bill). Regardless, I’m going to be just fine because I am resilient; I am my own person and can figure out my own problems. But hey, that’s just opinion and my plight….

    By the way, I’m heading back across the pond Sunday, so I will definitely be making my reappearance to the blogosphere very soon. Until then give em Hell!!!!

  8. America must be one of the few countries that even allows campaign ads on TV – the colossal waste of money is sick. Seeing that I’m not American and don’t live there either, I turn only to the daily show with jon stewart for any comprehensive american news coverage

  9. I’ll stay away from the political comments, except to say that it’s sad that you have no other options. A two party race is not a race, it’s just a pissing contest.
    Please tell me the pharmaceutical ad above is a spoof. If not, I’m beyond horrified… 😦

    • Yes, of course it’s a spoof! At the very end, it has a lot of stuff about how sexual assault is a serious issue and has info on where to get help. It’s sad that representatives in our Congress said the things they did about rape a few weeks back.

      And I agree with you COMPLETELY about the two-party system. We of course have other parties, none of which are viable. It’s unfortunate and something I hear more and more people speaking out against.

      • Embarassed grin and huge sigh of relief here 🙂

        Seriously though, how could the women of the republican party let them say this without any fall-out? Let alone their wives, mothers and daughters?

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