Dear Facebook ranting liberal,

Remember me? The quiet, teenage girl who hardly murmurs a word on the Facebook news feed? Okay… I admit that I occasionally enjoy a conservative article just enough to share it with the rest of my friends. Other than that, it is a rarity that you hear a peep out of me on the world of Facebook. Anyways, yes, you probably do remember me because even though I have never approached your views in any other way than through a “share” of my own, that is plenty to drive you insane enough to make Facebook your political diary. Well, I have just a few things to thank you for.

First of all, thank you for teaching me the true meaning of a “bigot.”

You seem to use that term a lot, and needless to say, you do not use it lightly. You label individuals such as myself with this term, and well, I must ask; are you actually aware of the true definition of this word? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines bigot as follows: a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc. : a bigoted person; especially : a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group). So, now let me ask you; am I, your meek Facebook friend, guilty of bigotry? Or are you, the outspoken, ranting liberal, who is like a time ticking bomb every time a conservative has a voice on social media, the bigot?

Also, I would like to thank you for making me grateful for things I hold value in, such as my beliefs.

Your ranting and raving makes me understand that what I think is most important in life might not be as important to someone else. Though you often bash what I make my priorities, it only lifts my underlying faith in a multitude of things, and with hilarity for me, you will never understand that.

I also would like to express gratitude to you for showing me how strong I am.

As I said previously, individuals who abundantly express their political concerns on social media, especially when they bash your own views, are not easy to ignore. People like you have taught me tolerance, and to be the bigger person. No it isn’t always easy, but in the long run, I think I come out on top for not making myself appear foolish in front of my peers.

It is also probably a good idea to thank you for making me second guess myself.

Seeing you express your opposing views nearly daily on my feed, gives me a different insight on what the opposing political party believes and thinks. It makes me second-guess my own beliefs and opinions on certain topics, however, I never cease to change my mind.

And, that brings me to my last expression of appreciation.

Thank you most of all for reminding me why I am what I am, and why I always vote Republican.

By: Cassidy Emerson

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