I don't have a lot of facebook friends.
Well, I have 383 - just a few close friends, you know?
But many of them have hidden my posts from their feeds, including some of my immediate family members.
What did I do wrong?
I broke the dining table taboo:
Never discuss politics or religion.
That rule is fine for the dining table. But social networks are different, no?
Social networks are a platform, an opportunity to broadcast who we really are, and what we really believe...
or an opportunity to broadcast an imaginary image, what we want people to believe about us, true or not.
I believe in a lot of things. Some of them are related to my faith. Some of them are related to my politics. Some of them come from Toltec wisdom or Confucius or J.R.R. Tolkien. But all of them make me who I am. To hide part of that when I have the opportunity to stand up for it would feel dishonest to me.
So despite the fact that many people are turned off by my politics, my religion, and my interest in Doctor Who, I continue to broadcast what matters to me. And I want to encourage you to do the same.
We post about politics because it's also about what we value as a society. That is important, even if it ruffles feathers. Why? Because we still have a say in our society via our votes and via the words and deeds we contribute to creating our culture. Debate may not be fun, and it may seem pointless, but it is necessary. Communication on what we value as a society is necessary. If we stop, we become subjects and not citizens.
Are you a closet conservative? Why are you hiding?
Break out. Share this post. And then share another one. Pretty soon, you will have conversations going with the few friends willing to participate. Some of them will be respectful of your differences. Others will be hostile. My advice is to keep being civil. Show them conservatives are not neanderthals, but thoughtful people who simply place liberty above security.
If you want some company, there are many facebook groups that consistently post truths with articles and facts to back up our core conservative principles.
One of them was started by our own Bosman: U.S. General Elections Central
It boasts over 2,000 members and grows every day.
"A place for all to speak their minds on elections, candidates, or any other issues that would affect the above."
Another favorite was started by Jared Townsend: Mitt Romney 2016
Our goal is to build a movement to convince Mitt Romney to make another run. Some of us think it's impossible, others are eternal optimists. But we all agree that Mitt Romney was the most qualified GOP candidate to run in decades. Misrepresented by the media, vindicated these last few weeks as many of his predictions have come to fruition, Governor Mitt Romney has the executive experience, the conservative core, and the... ahem, fundraising prowess to take on whomever the Democrat National Convention nominates in 2016. He came sliver close to beating an incumbent. Imagine what he could do against a noob.
Whomever you favorite for 2016, please join us in standing up for conservative principles, politically and culturally, whenever the opportunity arises.
Our forefathers had soap boxes.
This is what we got. Use it.