A note to all social media political pundit wannabees

Want to be taken seriously and possibly convert some people to your point of view? Try these tips. Please.

  1. Have a point and stick to it.

What is your point? Why is this an issue for you? Why should we care? Define it and be specific, the narrower the better. And if it has to do with somebody’s physical traits, religious leanings, language, sexuality or color of their skin nobody gives a shit what you think. Just saying.

2. Propose a solution! Because without a solution, you are just ranting.

How would it work? Why would it work? What does it need to happen?

3. Use facts to support your point!

Just an FYI but opinions are not facts. As for the facts that you do include to support your argument, what sources did you use? Be prepared to defend them. (Hint: “The guy at work told me” or “I read it on the Internet” are not good sources.) If you can’t use facts, at least use logical arguments (“It is shown that implementing A will cause B in many countries that have tried this.”)

4. Have an open mind!

Break out of your bubble. Stop speaking and listening to the converted. It is quite possible that the person you don’t agree with has a legitimate point. Learn to accept it. This is the foundation of educated political discourse. If you are a Republican, not everything Democrats say is wrong and vice versa. Expand your mind. If you oppose something, oppose it on logical, factual or philosophical grounds, not just because somebody in another party said it. And be prepared to defend your point of view on the same grounds.

5. Participate!

You will be taken much more seriously if you actually participate in the political process than just rant on Facebook and Twitter. Seriously. Be the change you say you want.

In conclusion

If you cannot do any of this and you claim that you are trying to make a point, to quote an old law professor of mine:

So you say

Nobody cares for your rants. Nobody cares about your opinion. What we need is rational debate and solutions for our problems, and they are all of our problems. If you cannot offer solutions, you are part of the problem.

End of (ironically enough) my rant.

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