Enemies List

Today I had quite a disturbing experience on Twitter which I feel compelled to share as both an example of what is happening to our country and to let you know how to protect yourself in case you ever find yourself in the same situation. For what it’s worth, I didn’t really start tweeting about politics until this year because I didn’t want to rock the boat by engaging the trolls and bullies that populate social media.  I also didn’t want to lose friends simply because I don’t share their viewpoints, though to be honest, if they’re petty enough to ruin our friendship over something like differing opinions, I don’t need them as friends anyway, but I digress. I have recently come to the conclusion that if I don’t stand up and speak out, I am just as complicit in the destruction of this country and its principles as the fascists on the left are. I try to maintain a sense of diplomacy — I won’t lower myself to calling people names and refuse to make things personal –and at this point, I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve started to tweet something, deleted it and stepped away from the thread. If anything, political “discourse”  (though I don’t think you can call it that) on social media has taught me how to pick my battles, but sometimes things can’t be ignored. Such was the case this morning when I responded to a series of tweets in favor of Jim Acosta’s rants about a Trump rally. Leftists were spewing their usual garbage about Trump supporters and in response to a particularly vicious tweet, I responded:

What you see here is people who are fed up with the fascist left’s  attacks on them because they think differently. If anything, the left is to thank for this kind of reaction.

That’s all I said. I was just pointing out the truth as I see it. No ad hominem attacks, no name calling. Just pointing out that the emperor has no clothes. I received an overwhelming amount of likes and retweets, but one notification caught my eye and proceeded to freak me the hell out. It said that someone named @fatbuckelV2 (Randy Scousegit) had added me to his list of “abettors and distractors”.  You read that right, I’m aiding and abetting known criminals according to him. As angry as I was, I was also quite scared when I read that. What was this self-proclaimed jackass’s (Google his screen name if you want to know what it means – he’s not flattering himself with it) endgame? Did he want to get me shadowbanned?   Worse yet, did he expect someone to dox me? Was he just an asshole with an agenda who thought putting me on his “enemies list” would silence me? I have no clue about the first two, but as for the third, I will not be silenced, so if that’s what this about, he’s got another thing coming.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way to remove yourself from a Twitter list someone else creates, all you do is click on the list name, which will take you to their handle. From there you just click on their profile, block them for a few seconds and then unblock them. That removes you from the list. I went the further step to completely block him, which I would recommend. I know that putting it out there that I am a conservative is risky in this day and age, but I have every right to speak my mind. It’s still a free country… for now anyway, and I will be damned if I won’t speak out against the tyranny of the fascists. If I’m not willing to fight for my country and the beauty that is our  (admittedly flawed) system of government, then I can’t weep when it ceases to exist.

Sic Semper Tyrannus.

 

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