• MillennialOther

Wake up, America!: DO YOUR FUCKING HOMEWORK.

Editor's Note: "Wake Up, AMERICA!" is a free wheeling RANT blog from @MillennialOther. The views of "Wake Up, AMERICA!" may not be representative of Flappr.net, but probably are. Spelling errors and insane misuse of capitalization are both purposeful, probably. Sorry, not sorry.




Get comfy, this is one long one.


(That's what she said.)


OK BUT SERIOUSLY:


I started working from home full-time a few years ago, but I worked in a traditional office environment before that. One of my coworkers was such a fucking useless toad, a sentiment shared by virtually everyone at the firm. Because of the organizational structure of the firm, I dealt with this shit stain regularly. Thus, I bitched about him often. However, after taking on a more senior role at the firm, one of my supervisors gave me some constructive criticism that I carry with me to this day:


When I publicly express my frustrations about another coworker (even a coworker that everyone has a problem with, and even in an informal setting), it becomes easier for other employees to model my behavior. Not only can this lead to a problematic workplace, but it also undermines my credibility as a communicator. As such, I should practice discretion in what I share with my coworkers and communicate my opinions with tact.

My takeaway from her advice is that I should practice discretion in what I share and communicate my opinions with tact regardless of the setting. I think the same is true for individuals who share news on social media, especially journos and elected officials, and other prominent figures with clout or presumed reliability. The fucking problem is that we live in a media-saturated society where information-sharing occurs through a synthesis of mass media distribution and elevated public dissemination run by journos and libs with advanced TDS.


Accordingly, it is up to the news consumers to act in good faith in determining whether to share that content on social media. Most people have at least some working knowledge of how the U.S. government works but are uncertain about the legislative process, executive orders, and the relationship between the federal, state, and local governments.


I don't know everything about how shit works, but I do my best to be an educated citizen, and if I don’t know enough about a topic to engage in debate, I fucking say so and endeavor to learn more. Why the fuck would I make myself look like an asshole by trying to argue something that I don't fucking know about? Nevertheless, fort ignorance a hill that many are willing to die on.


One of my biggest pet peeves is people who lecture others about an issue but who don’t do their fucking homework. But news content - especially when delivered via social media - typically reinforces shared existing beliefs while making little or no effort to encourage its members to challenge them.


Think about it - how many fucking hot takes from the NY Times, WaPo, CNN, MSNBC, and other journo hacks are based on "aNoNyMoUs sOuRcEs"? IT HAPPENS ALL THE FUCKING TIME. AND PEOPLE RETWEET OR SHARE IT OR WHATEVER WITHOUT EVEN FUCKING READING THE SUBSTANCE BECAUSE THE HEADLINE PLAYS TO THEIR EXISTING VIEWS; FUCKING PISSES ME OFF BECAUSE THESE SAME FUCKING ASSHOLES PURPORT TO BE "LeGaL aNaLyStS" who are here to "break things down" for us simple folk - they do this shit with legislative activity in Congress, Executive Orders from Trump and rule changes from the WH Cabinet, and of course, DOJ investigations. BUT THESE BRAVE FUCKING BITCHES RARELY PROVIDE A LINK TO THE BILL, RULE, OR WHATEVER IT IS THEY ARE LYING ABOUT - THAT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE COWARDS WHO RELY ON THE IGNORANCE OF THE MASSES.


When enough people share problematic information – particularly on a controversial issue (e.g., immigration, abortion, criminal justice) – there is no room for respectful and conscionable debate. Instead, it becomes an argument about a policy that no one bothered actually to read but are still like, literally, so offended by it. This shit isn't new - but it's so fucking grossly prolific these days and it just boggles my fucking mind that these fucking leftists seamlessly bamboozle bitches every fucking day.

EXAMPLE 1: "THE MUSLIM BAN"


President Trump issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13769 on January 27, 2017, officially titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States.” Often referred to as the “Muslim Ban,” E.O. 13769 (a) decreased the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. from 110,000 to 50,000, (b) suspended the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days, and (c) suspended the entry of Syrian refugees into the U.S. indefinitely. Accordingly, all hell broke loose on social media.

The social media community was outraged over the “racist” and “unconstitutional” "Muslim Ban". Using Twitter as the base of operations, social media users immediately began organizing protests and rallies across the country. Lawmakers overwhelmingly condoned these demonstrations, applauded, encouraged, and expressed support for the protesters via social media, and some elected officials even showed up at the protests to “join the fight.”

Chris fucking Murphy is an example of why you shouldn't eat paint chips.

Rep Jayapal is a fucking bigot. THAT'S RIGHT I SAID IT.

Jamie Raskin uses the U.S. Constitution as toilet paper. Plus he's such a whiny little bitch.


NOTE: I WASN'T ON TWITTER IN 2017, BUT FOR THE REST OF THE EXAMPLES, I USE MY OWN TWEETS BECAUSE I PRACTICE WHAT I FUCKING PREACH AND BITCHES GOTS TO LEARN TO DO THEIR FUCKING HOMEWORK.


EXAMPLE 2: U.S. Department of Education Finalizes Regulations to Protect Student Borrowers, Hold Higher Education Institutions Accountable and Save Taxpayers $11.1 Billion Over 10 Years

EXAMPLE 3: HHS Finalizes Rule on Section 1557 Protecting Civil Rights in Healthcare, Restoring the Rule of Law, and Relieving Americans of Billions in Excessive Costs

NOTICE HOW THE VODKA DRAGON DOESN'T INCLUDE A LINK TO THE FUCKING RULE, NOT EVEN IN THE FUCKING PRESS RELEASE LINK? THAT'S BECAUSE SHE'S A PIECE OF SHIT.

EXAMPLE 4: SNAP Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents

EXAMPLE 5: THE "HEROES ACT"


(Yes, I really did read the whole fucking thing. AND YES, I FUCKING KNOW ABOUT THE TYPO)

TLDR: DO YOUR FUCKING HOMEWORK. THERE IS NO MERIT IN REPORTING OR SHARING DECONTEXTUALIZING CONTENT TO PROMOTE PERSONAL VIEWS AND POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES. IF MORE PEOPLE DO THEIR RESEARCH AND CHALLENGE THESE FUCKS, SHARE IT, AND ALL THAT SHIT, THEN MORE PEOPLE WILL WAKE THE FUCK UP.


I WATCH TOO MUCH FUCKING C-SPAN


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IT'S FUCKING MONDAY BUT FUCK IT, IT'S WINE O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE


BYE


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