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The Etiquette of Politics and Spam August 1, 2008

Posted by mk in Uncategorized.
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I’ve been thinking a lot about this. (And I have to attribute today’s topic to my mother. I’m posting it now because she hasn’t done it despite saying she was going to a couple weeks ago.) Someone sent me an awful forward the other day. Islamic protesters with the comment: “Look what our ‘change’ candidate is associated with.” I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. First off because it is a complete misrepresentation of the situation from TWO years ago. Secondly because our ‘change’ candidate isn’t Islamic. Obama is from Kansas after all!

This is not the first of these completely asinine forwards I have gotten this political season. They never seem to stop coming. But what surprises me the most is that they are all ultra conservative from people who know that I am the furthest thing from ultra conservative. I don’t send pro-liberal propaganda to those that I know won’t like it. In fact, I don’t often pass any of this stuff along. I don’t even pass jokes along unless I know the particular people (and I’m very selective with the particular people I choose to send things to) will think it is funny. i.e., my mom and sisters like kittens. If I get a forward with cute, fuzzy kittens, I pass it along to my mom and sisters. I don’t pass it along to the dog lovers of the world. I don’t even send it to my dad because he doesn’t care about the kittens.

Back to the real point. Some of these forwarded emails are outright offensive and the people who I thought knew me best, keep sending them along to me regardless of the fact that it is completely disregarding my own personal politics and beliefs. Why is it that they are so inconsiderate of my views? Why are they trying to impose their views on me? Are mine not good enough? Obviously not, or they wouldn’t be trying to convert me.

So to those of you out there who feel like you need to share your offensive messages with me, please stop. If you want to read what I’m thinking about, check in with me here. Occasionally I have something of substance to say. Generally I don’t but, sometimes I try to make it worth reading.

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1. Karen - August 2, 2008

Thank you for putting my thoughts into words. May I borrow them to send out my own ‘mass emails’?

2. purowdy - August 6, 2008

not trying to impose my personal views on you, as im pretty sure you know where i stand, but just because obama is from kansas woudn’t mean he isn’t a believer of islam.

i respect everybodies opinion to different views when it comes to politics, and i realize that wasn’t your only point in the blog. to be honest i don’t think either candidate will bring a whole lot of change besides the big things everybody likes to point to like Taxes. Ron Paul I believe was the only one that offered any real change

3. Melissa - August 6, 2008

You are right. Being from Kansas doesn’t mean he isn’t a believer in Islam. He isn’t a believer in Islam because he isn’t a believer in Islam. My point really was that he was born and raised in Kansas to a white, Christian mother and his father was out of the picture at a very young age.

And addressing the change issue. No one is ever going to make that big a difference. They all make promises they can’t keep. The president is only one person and they have the Senate and House with voices too. Until the system changes, there isn’t going to be that much change.

4. Skemntoneconyc - September 4, 2008

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