Politics and the Worst in People

Why does it seem the politics bring out the worst in people? I am getting ready to “unfollow” some people on Facebook.  I like these people and care about them, but I don’t care for the choices they are making right now.  I don’t believe social media should be used to express personal opinions - rudely.  Many people are passionate about what is going on in our country.  However, no one has the right to assume that everyone shares his or her views and dissatisfactions. 

In my opinion, political views are private and should be shared thoughtfully.  Certainly, there are times when you want to express your views. Even opposing views can be presented respectfully. But using social media to express unsolicited opinions boldly is crossing over into insulting waters.

As Americans, we have the right to vote for the candidates of our choice.  Today, social media seems to be full of bullies who use obscenities and slanderous materials to demean candidates. I doubt this sways anyone. When was the last time someone called you foolish for what you believe in and you changed your mind?  People don’t change their minds when they are insulted. They change their minds when presented with solid facts and information in a dignified forum. 

So, I am “unfollowing” some good friends and family members until November to keep the peace.  In the protocol world, I am not "entitled" to your unsolicited opinion. Please keep it to yourself; don't assume I want to hear it. I would rather put you in timeout and reconvene when there are less temptations to offend one another.  See you in November. 

Colleen Harding

Hello my name is Colleen Harding.  I am the founder for the Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol.  I started my company 7 years to address a niche and a need for protocol training.  I received two certifications from the American School of Protocol in traditional etiquette and corporate training.  Today, I work with individuals, schools, companies and organizations that recognize the importance of social polish in daily life and the corporate world.

I spent 22 years in the corporate arena as an outside sales representative with 15 years in Broadcast Sales.  I recognize the competitive advantage a person has when they respect etiquette and have received protocol training. 

I am a Bay Village resident.  Graduated from Magnificat High School and The Ohio State University. 

I am an active volunteer for the Westside Catholic Center, St Raphael Women’s Guild and Village Foundation Board Member.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 3:31 PM, 04.07.2016