Today I received an email that I found reprehensible. I am used to getting political emails or seeing many different political opinions on forums like Facebook. Many are filled with 1/2 truths or less and if I agree I may share them and if I disagree I might not.
If they are filled with blatant lies I usually try to provide facts to show they are lies simply because I don’t want the general public to be swayed by lies when making decisions that affect us all. I’m sure many of you feel the same way. If I see something that is eye opening I may share it but only after I have checked to make sure it is valid (sadly many people don’t do this and simply share bad information). Of course there’s political humor and that has it’s place although many times that crosses the line but usually it’s best to simply consider the source and simply ignore it or to realize it was meant as a joke and should be taken as such. I have read news reports that are slanted to this side or that side and omit pertinent facts but I always remember to do the research before I make a judgement on the content.
In other words I try to stay middle of the road since I feel every side is entitled to their opinions and they all have some worthy goals in mind. I do not affiliate with any particular party since I can not agree 100% with any of them. I think most people would tend to agree with that concept even if they are registered under one of the parties out there. The question is: When does someone cross a line that should not be crossed?
For me that was today. I checked my email and I saw something that came from Lindsay Siler, BarackObama.com . The title on the email was “This isn’t meant to scare you.” Now heading up to the election I wanted to be well informed and make the correct choice so I made sure to sign up to receive emails from all parties. This particular organization “barackobama.com” sent me many emails prior to the election and many were very informative. The one I received today from them was not. Instead it was filled with propaganda which indeed was meant to scare people. It’s like saying goes “Not to offend you” when you know it actually will do just that.
Now I want you to understand that this email is filled with items meant to scare the general public in order to push a particular political agenda. If it had come from someone random I would not be offended as I currently am. The problem is that it came from barrackobama.com. Now I’m sure there’s some way someone is going to deny that it is actually connected to the president in the first place but this was the original link to the reelection campaign. It carries the logo as well as his name. If it is not supposed to be voicing things on his behalf then he should shut it down. The contents themselves are not actually facts but are a list of things which are specifically designed to imply consequences that may occur due to the sequester.
First off it says ” Megan Allen is a fifth-grade teacher in Tampa, Florida. At her elementary school, 90 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
Many live in poverty, with unstable home lives — some have parents in prison, others go hungry over the weekends. But at school, they’re winning science fairs, challenging themselves, and eating two hot meals a day.
For Megan’s 36 fifth graders, school is a safe place. The budget cuts known as the sequester could change that.”
Now it doesn’t specifically name any cuts but it implies in these sentences that if cuts are necessary then the government will starve children. If you disagree or don’t see it then go back and read it again. It clearly outlines that many of these children go hungry over the weekend which implies that the only food they get is at school. So if the cuts take place then we will be starving children. I was so angry over this ridiculous threat which is exactly what it is. I have run my own business and managed many others so I know what a budget is and how they work. Sometimes cuts need to be made for survival but I can assure you that there are plenty of other places to make cuts other than ones that starve children. It would make more sense to reduce the number of teachers before you would starve a child. Cut back on office supplies first or any number of other items. This was a deliberate attempt at fear mongering in order to push an agenda. Ask any mother if they would starve themselves to feed their child? This was the lead in to the entire email for a reason and that was to strike fear into people about starving children and I find it unforgivable.
It’s time for political propaganda like this to stop. Every party has been guilty of it at one time or another but in my opinion this one crossed the line.