It’s Time

Like many others, for four years I have sat aghast as the Republican party sold their souls to Donald Trump for no other reasons than doing so protected their seats and served their agendas.

As Trump’s lawlessness and reign of terror escalates, they continue to support him, even as he rallies his base of bigots to take arms and storm the streets, and intimidates the institutions that are supposed to guard our health and safety into authorizing the use of questionable treatments, and pressures manufacturers into speeding the release of inadequately tested vaccines to secure his re-election.

At this point, it should be clear to Republicans that no human life has value to him except his own.

But, apparently, their actions indicate they share that credo: theirs are the only lives that matter.

I have been unhappy with FB for a long time. I’ve occasionally deactivated my account, stayed away, and returned—partially to keep up with people whose news would otherwise not reach me, and partially because it served my agenda.

If you are a writer, artist, composer, or performer, you’re aware of how valuable social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, etal., can be in publicizing and sharing your work. While these sites allow excellent work that might be rejected by traditional outlets to reach audiences, they also do not discriminate. The result is that everyone with anything to share is attempting to be heard and seen. So, using social media becomes a necessity to avoid obscurity—a necessary evil.

Since my recent FB deactivation, I have remained active on Twitter. It was there that I saw Ady Barkan’s tweet regarding a doctored video Congressman Steve Scalise released of him on both Twitter and Facebook. Barkan, as you may recall, is a young health activist with ALS. Scalise’s post was quickly flagged, and, ultimately, removed by Twitter. Scalise then deleted the post, too. But, by that point, it was too late. The lie had been widely disseminated and repeated.

And, this, in no small part, is thanks to Facebook, which has refused to remove the video.

I will not link to it. If you wish, you can find it on your own. Barkan’s tweet, and one linking to an article in Politico describing Scalise’s video, and his reaction to the backlash are below.

But, this pattern of letting lies stand is company policy with FB, one that continues because it probably benefits their agenda.

And so, I’m left with the question: if I were to stay on FB, would I be any different than those Republicans who are content to ignore and stay silent about every crime and act of brutality and insanity merely because it benefits them?

If I’m going to be brutally honest with myself, I have to say, “No.” I would be no different. I can no longer rationalize that staying, and sounding the alarms on Facebook will have any impact, as I have been preaching to the choir as long as I’ve been on it. Nor do I have any illusions that my leaving will have any impact. Facebook is too big for that, and too insidious in the ways it convinces people they need it.

I’m leaving purely because it will make me feel better; and at this time, that’s everything.

I can’t say I won’t miss it. My friends’ posts have been a source of joy and enlightenment for me. I wish them well, and pray they stay safe.

Hopefully, they will follow me here.

Peace.

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