From time to time everyone is known to make mistakes. If someone tells you they are perfect you should run screaming in the opposite direction because they are lying…and they are an asshole. Everyone makes mistakes but when we do we should try to learn from them. Today, I was lead down a little bit of a rabbit hole and I jumped. Then, I realized I was wrong.
See, what had happened was….
My best friend sent me a text because her hair was ablaze.
Have you ever heard someone say, “a good friend is someone you can call to bail you out of jail. Your best friend will be the one with you in jail.”
That would be a good way to describe us. And when one of us finds our hair on fire by reading something stupid someone wrote, especially when politics are concerned, we send it to the other.
She sent me a link to something published in The Brunswick News. The piece was titled “Abrams rally shows differences between candidates.” After reading the first two paragraphs my hair was on fire.
I was thinking “what in the holy fuck is going on right now?!” I have read articles before that appeared to hold accurate information. I was personally at the first rally held by Abrams in Brunswick and read the article the paper wrote about it. The article was very accurate. Completely different from the above article.
After reading the rest of the article I was really seething! It was completely false with incorrect facts throughout the entire piece!
The author of the piece, which turns out was a Letter to the Editor, pointed out three “stark differences between her [Stacy Abrams] rally platform and a typical conservative platform.” I will point out how her three “stark differences” are actually inaccurate. They are, in fact, true representations of what fake news really is.
- There were no American flags which means the rally has “no connection to patriotism or country allegiance.”
Just because there isn’t an abundance of American flags at any event, especially a political rally, does not then mean the candidate has no allegiance to America. The simple fact that we, Americans, can run for office and hold political rallies, even counter-protests, means we are American, proudly American, and are participating in the very American institutions such as “free political elections.” Having free and open political elections that citizens of this great country can participate in is absolutely American and patriotic!
Furthermore, anyone who was actually at the rally standing in from of Abrams would know there were small American flags stuck in the ground. The same kind that is used to wave during the 4th of July. Just because the candidate was not draped in an American flag with huge American flags waving around the crowd does not mean she is not a patriotic American.
- Religious Freedom
The writer of the piece says Abrams said religious freedom was a policy issue and Holms (the author of the letter) continues to say religious freedom is in the first amendment of the constitution and “cannot be dismissed or legislated away by policy changes executive decrees.” Besides the missing comma and the missing word ‘or’ that I’m assuming she meant to but between the words “changes” and “executive” – because I don’t know what “changes executive decrees” are other than a type – she is correct.
She is correct insomuch as the First Amendment does give us religious freedom insomuch as it says Congress cannot make a law respecting the establishment of a religion, nor can prohibit the expression of religion. It does not mean people can use their religion to discriminate against people. That is what Abrams believes: you should not be able to use religion to discriminate against your fellow Americans.
- “Abrams has an inability to distinguish between legal rights afforded to citizens and non-citizens of this country.”
This is probably the craziest of them all and it is the one that makes me know Holmes was probably not at the rally and is only listening to talking points coming out of Brian Kemp’s campaign. If she was at the rally she was not paying attention.
Abrams has never said illegal immigrants should be able to vote! A quick google search will not only tell you that but will lead you to this article and video where she talks about this being something Kemp has been saying and which is a complete lie!
In her closing paragraph, Holmes says “Abrams shows no outward allegiance to faith or country…” which is another lie that people try to attribute to Stacey Abrams. If you listen to any of her rallies or any of the videos posted to her social media you will repeatedly hear this is something the Democratic candidate for Governor of Georgia continues to talk about. She talks about how her faith in God continues to give her courage and shapes what she believes in and what she believes is fair for all Georgians.
Now, after going crazy and thinking The Brunswick News lost all sense of reality and honesty, after posting several things to my Facebook page, and after sending a message directly to the paper via their Facebook page I realized that this was not an article written by the paper. I should have realized that when the email address of the writer was not at the top of the article and a picture of the writer wasn’t at the bottom of the article, both things that usually appear. I should have also realized this when I looked at the link of the article and saw the word “opinion” in the URL which means this was posted not as a regular news article but as a Letter to the Editor. You can go to this section and read a bunch of different letters they have received. Once I realized this and realized what I said on Facebook about them writing this ridiculous, false, and defamatory article was wrong I went back to my Facebook page and publically admitted the information I had put out was wrong.
I could have simply deleted all of my posts about the subject and pretended “I didn’t do it” and pretended nothing had happened, but I didn’t. I publically said to everyone, “I made a mistake.” The reason I did this was two-fold.
First, so many people like to jump to they are right, and are nothing but right, and nothing they say is wrong. One person that came to mind when I just typed those words was the President, but it’s not just him. People seem to no longer be able to admit when they make a mistake and that is a detriment to this country!
Second, while I have no problem with the paper posting Letters to the Editor, I do think they should say something when they are posting a letter that is blatantly false and misleading! You can still have freedom of speech and point out when someone is saying something that is obviously incorrect! We are all entitled to our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own facts!