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Top 10 Ways to School Your Leftist Friends on Facebook

Posted on November 7 2010 2:00 pm
Diane Schrader, a former television news writer/producer, lives with her family in Los Angeles. She likes a nice cup of tea. Follow her on Twitter.

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You’re all bloggers, you know. If you’re on Facebook, you have an opportunity to express your opinion with an audience of FB friends. More of us should be taking advantage of this opportunity.

Because unless you zealously guard the ideological purity of your Facebook friendlist, limiting it only to other people who also only limit to conservatives, you are bound to log on one day and find some spectacularly annoying and/or downright asinine comment posted to which you must respond. And I mean you MUST respond. (See #10, below.)

Now this can be bruising, because text-based arguments get nastier a whole lot quicker, in my experience, than face-to-face interactions. Most people are a whole lot more polite in person than when protected by the relative anonymity of their computer screen, and this goes double for Leftists. What’s more, it is often the friends of your friends to whom you will find yourself responding, and they may well be people you don’t know and will never meet, which can shove the nasty meter into overdrive. But armed with these tips, you can have a rewarding exchange, pound Leftism, and maintain your dignity:

10.  Let no Leftist idiocy go unchallenged.

This is the basic rule. Example from one of my very own FB friends after Tuesday’s elections:

“I’m looking at election results and finding myself quite frightened.”

By the time I got to this, several of this person’s equally pinheaded friends had chimed in with variations on the theme, like “Terrified!” and what not. Leftists rarely feel the need to explain such kneejerk responses, or post a link to something that would back up their opinion. In Leftist World, simply making a statement lends it authenticity. These smug yet vague pronouncements are a favorite tactic. Your first response should be a simple question, phrased as if you are simply innocently asking for clarification – in this case, “What’s scary?”

Alternative route: Immediately launch into biting sarcasm. “Yes, I suppose lower taxes, more jobs, a better economy and less wasteful spending could be downright terrifying.”

Next: sticks and stones…

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