When my dad came to me to help him organize a political event I was thrilled and, quite frankly, honored. The person that I admire most in the world wants to work with me on something he cares about. Let’s get started!
Everything has been great thus far! I guess I should say almost everything. We’ve gotten the venue, food plan and got a schedule together of what we need to do. We are both first time organizers so it’s been interesting working through the kinks together. We’ve got over 40 attendees so we must be doing something right. The part that I wasn’t anticipating was exposing my dad to the ugly side of social media.
I should have known to prepare for this. I’ve had my page for over a year now. I get hate all the time. Maybe I’ve become desensitized to it because, honestly, I don’t even notice anymore. What I didn’t anticipate was how angry I would feel when people do the same thing to my dad. People go out of their way to be mean and sometimes quite aggressive. Some examples:
- If your calling for a “revolution” then it shows just how treasonous you people really are.
- Layton losers (This guy came back multiple times to post this. He must have a lot of time on his hands.)
- I shouldn’t have to pay more just because you made a choice to be a stay at home mom
Those are three from the roughly twenty negative comments that were received over the weekend. I would include more, but most are deleted now. A direct threat of violence was also received. Seriously? My knee jerk reaction was to respond to all of them! Tell them that calling us treasonous is the same as calling for our deaths, congratulating them on being enormous a**holes or calling them out on how uninformed their comment is. This is my dad you’re talking about! How dare you?! But instead I decided to take a deep breath and remember my motto on my own page. Don’t feed the trolls.
Part of what makes pushing for change hard are the people that push back. We’ve got to stay committed and keep our eye on the prize. Healthcare for all must become a reality in the United States. Every person, including those that so wholeheartedly push against the concept, deserves healthcare. It should be a right in this country. No amount of trolling will change my mind about that.