Posted on Oct 24, 2017
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As of late I have seen some make some very inflammatory political statements. RallyPoint is a unique platform that caters to service members. We all have our opinions but being a service member and making politically charged comments that reflect poorly on the service could lead to severe repercussions. Even worse is when someone posts questions with the intent of provoking servicemembers to make such statements.

As much as I enjoy using social media in various platforms but I often decide which platform may be appropriate. For example I use my IG for gym selfies and I use RallyPoint for military themed topics.

What is your take on this?
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Fabulous question. Fabulous. I am glad you asked. Well. I am not thrilled with people using RP to attack people they don't agree with. The number one thing that causes more issues here is political discussions. I wish people would stop using RP to rip people apart that have a different political landscape than their own. RP is for everybody from all walks of like. Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, Reform Party, Liberal, Moderate, Conservative, Neutral. Each and every person has a seat at the table here, is welcome, and encouraged to engage as such.

People vote based upon their beliefs, needs, and experiences in life. Me as well. I read some of these discussions sometimes and do a facepalm. “Lawd Have Mercy.” But that is just me as an observer. Not as an administrator. I see a lot and I watch a lot that goes on here. Rarely say a word about politics. Have at it. Debate away. It’s not my job to hold somebody accountable or demand accountability for somebody that has a different perspective than my own and I am not going to do that. Many here voted and supported President Trump. Fine. NBD. The sky isn’t falling. A few here, voted and supported former President Obama twice. I did. NBD. The sky isn’t falling. No person owes me accountability as to why they vote the way they do and I don’t owe anybody accountability as to why I vote the way I do. Many of my friends who are connections voted and feel differently than me. It’s all good. NBD. Happy to have them as connections.

There are two ways to ask somebody who they voted for. Which really is a charged up question right off the bat.

Number 1:

"Who here voted for XYZ, be honest and speak up?"

--Analysis--

You need to tell me why you voted the way you did.

Number 2:

"Would you mind sharing the reasons into your voting beliefs or philosophies?"

--Analysis--

Let's discuss our thinking about our voting tendencies.

Even though both scenarios are the same thing, on its face, Number 2 seems more inviting and will likely start the conversation off an a better footing. Number 1, in my estimation demands accountability.

Where aggravates me is when servicemembers attack other servicemembers service over politics. Nobody here is a disgrace to the uniform. Your service is sacred despite politics.

JP4
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Lt Col Scott Shuttleworth
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JP--Right on target as usual.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Lt Col Scott Shuttleworth

I appreciate it. I just strive to behave in a way that is a good representation of RP while treating people how I wanted to be treated. I don't think there is anything that serious worth putting people down or talking to them like they are trash. I always like to say NBD because it really is.
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JP,
I don't ask who anybody else votes for, not even my wife. It's none of my business.

I vote for NOYFB every time. When asked, I usually come off with something like
"Do you believe in the secret ballot?"
(Inevitably "Yes".)
"So do I."
...and leave it at that. <G> On the forums or social media, I often just ignore it or hide it and scroll on.

It's nobody's business, and who you vote for is none of mine. Sometimes it might be glean-able from one's comments, but not usually - IF one doesn't assume anything.

The thing that irks me most is the name-calling, pigeonholing and labeling. Calling me names and acting like you know what's in my heart and soul without knowing the first thing about me, and I'm done. I don't mind grown-up political conversations. When the name-calling, chicken little gloom-and-doom, and disrespect start flying, I'll often leave the conversation or just block the offender. (I've even blocked a few here for those reasons.) When it gets to that, it's pointless to stay with it.

Yeah I'm human and have my moments, but I try not to.
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SFC James J. Palmer IV aka "JP4"
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Ditto. Name calling, insults, demanding accountability. Over a vote?Nobody deserves that. You are entitled to dignity, honor, and respect like anybody else cause you earned it.
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If all parties partaking in the discussion can maintain professionalism and respect the concept that everyone can have their own opinions then I would say, maybe. But that rarely happens.
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I don't think that the suppression of political ideals and debate will solve the problem. I think that people also will as you said rarely maintain professionalism and respect, but for me if only SOMETIMES it actually DOES happen, in those rare instances, the debate is not debate to me, it is considered effectively as legislation in its truest form. Legislation by the people through dialogue, debate. Through compromise and respect.
These simple ideas are the only tiny things missing from our country right now and if we bring these concepts back, I think that we have a good shot at becoming one of the most advanced societies history.
If we continue on the current trajectory however, I don't see much hope you are right!
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To often some as just throwing bombs hoping to start a fight so they can try and win it.
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1LT Caleb Fenton
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You make a great point.
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In my opinion, the worst, or at least more vocal participants in these discussions are members who are no longer actively or part time members of the military. There are several times when I have needed to remember my status when crafting an opinion or reply on this forum.

To ne honest, I am more bothered by the religious posts that tend to flood the site.
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There have been times that I did not post anything because of that.
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