This topic has long been an issue of frustration for many, so I would like to provide a little insight into my personal decision on whether or not to mix the two. On my business pages I prefer not to discuss my political preferences, because my focus there is to provide my customers with the best WordPress themes and business advice available. On my personal Facebook page, I love to talk politics. I realize my decision is actually the unpopular one, as most say to avoid Politics and Facebook all-together.
In order to understand why lets start with the fact that I have quite a few friends with opposing views. I love my friends and would never want to personally offend any of them. Those that know me, know that I am by no means a hateful person. In fact, I have been known to go out of my way to make sure someone doesn’t take something the wrong way. That said, I actually enjoy reading posts from both sides. I firmly believe the way I do, but I am not close minded or glued to one party. I think you are doing yourself a huge disservice to ignore “the other side”. I see Facebook as an incredible opportunity to open the conversation of what is best for America. We live in a generation that is plugged into social media constantly. Prior to social media, and the increase of internet availability, we relied solely on the talking heads of various news networks for our information. We can now read behind the scenes articles on blogs from people who have witnessed things first hand. We can research voting records of our elected and nominated officials. We can watch debates live online. We can read transcripts of speeches. We can track down any bit of information we desire online and we can share that information with our friends. If going to the gym is Facebook status worthy (and I really do think it is), why would actions of our nominated officials not be? My purpose in posting anything political is never to offend, but to provide the information I have found for those that maybe do not have time to research. On the other side of that, I truly enjoy reading things that my friends on “the other side” post. I think we should all play devils advocate when it comes to politics. Put yourself in the other candidates shoes and see for yourself how you think they should have handled something, or if their expectations for something still seem plausible. This usually just reaffirms my view, but there have been several times I agree with “the other side”.
Also, lets be honest. While I believe the majority of my friends definitely know their facts, but choose to remain quiet on Facebook (and I respect that), there are those who do not research a thing and still have a vote come election day. If while scrolling through their newsfeed I can provide a little information to help them make a more informed decision on election day, it’s worth any criticism I may endure. I do not know if it’s because we are a Military family, or if I am just into politics, but I feel very passionately about the subject. Seeing countries who are not allowed to vote, or whose election processes are completely fixed, encourages me even more to make as informed a decision as possible. We owe it to ourselves and those who have fought and died for our right to vote.