I made a joke earlier this week that nothing reunites a country after a divisive Supreme Court decision quite like cheering “USA!” for our national soccer team. But now we have a patriotic holiday to celebrate. That will bring us all together, right?!
I generally keep my political views off my blog. I’ll be the first to admit that I am hopelessly under-informed. I get most of my news from the likes of The Daily Show and BuzzFeed because I want to be entertained, even by the news.
This one has me talking.
Judging my my Facebook news feed, everyone has been stewing over the SCOTUS ruling since the news broke on Monday (I’m no exception, but I’m keeping quiet on FB.) My initial thought was that although the court’s ruling does not align with my beliefs, I took solace in seeing that everyone posting on FB stood on the same side of the issue as I do.
Then I remembered that during the last election, I blocked several people from showing up in my news feed because they were outspoken about beliefs with which I strongly disagreed. And since most of those people are on the other side of the fence over the contraception argument than I am, I wouldn’t see their thoughts turn up in my news feed even if they were posting about it.
On Independence Day, I find it especially incongruous that we, the people of the United States, are arguing over the rights of people and the rights of businesses. Because we live in a culture that is quick to blame everyone else and never take responsibility, I’ll go ahead and blame our Facebook culture. I’ve said this before: it’s easy to find people on the internet whose views align with our own.
It’s equally easy to ignore other opinions, and pretend like they don’t exist.
And on an unrelated note, why are people still wearing the flag?! Come on, America.