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Political Opinions Need to be Kept Private.

Everybody is a social media Politician these days. Everybody wants to post their opinions about Democrats and Republicans, Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter, Biden vs Trump, so on and so forth.

Politics is one of the most divisive topics in America, and unless you’re getting paid to represent a specific party, then the only benefit you get from expressing your political views is more divisiveness and arguments.

Even I’m guilty of sharing political views on Facebook which is why I’m saying that it should be kept private because I realized that I get no benefit from it other than arguments form people who disagree and meaningless likes from people who agree.

The other day when me and my wife were driving out of our complex we saw a big red trunk drive by with a large TRUMP 2020 flag hanging from the back of it. I wonder why that driver felt the need to promote his political beliefs so loudly.

Is sporting big political flags meant to make people believe that their party is going to win the election and the other side doesn’t have a chance? Is it to show strangers that you are prolife, progun, or pro anything that aligns with Trump and the Republican Party? Is it to offend people who disagree with your political beliefs?

Jesus lived a sinless life and still had haters so it is evident that there will never be a political party, politician, or political movmenment that everyone agrees with. So, whether you represent Democratic or Republican slogans, politicians, or beliefs, there will be some people that you offend. And I don’t see the point of offending people to no valuable end.

Representing a political party is not the same as sporting a sports team. Peoples’ livelihood is affected by politics, but nobody is going to receive tax benefits whether the Cowboys win a Superbowl or not.

 Like people shouldn’t represent the Confederate flag no matter how you look at it. The flag is controversial. The flag was used as a battle flag from the Confederates who fought to keep their slaves. So, if you represent that flag then you are saying that you agree with slavery.

It doesn’t matter if you use represent it for Southern pride. It doesn’t matter if you represent it because your ancestor fought for the Confederacy even if you don’t believe in what the Confederacy fought for.

If you want to show Southern pride then wear plaid t-shirts and cowboy boots. Nobody is going to think you’re from the West coast or the North by wearing cowboy boots.

Or, represent a sports team from the South. Sport attire shows greater Southern pride than the Confederate flag. When people see me in a Titans t-shirt not only will they assume that I’m from the South, but they’ll assume that I’m from Tennessee. There aren’t too many Titans fans who are not from the South or not from Tennessee.

If cowboy boots and a Titans jersey not enough Southern pride for you then you’re just seeking controversary. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.

I had a t-shirt that said “Jobs Not Mobs.” The Jobs letters were red to represent Republicans and the Mobs letters were Blue to represent Democrats. I didn’t wear once because every time I pulled it out my wife threatened to not come out and be seen with me wearing that t-shirt.

I ended up donating it to the Salvation Army. I realized that I had no purpose to wear that t-shirt other than to seek attention for being divisive. People who wear Make America Great Again attire merely want attention for being divisive, and Black people who wear it merely want attention for being contrarian.

White people who represent Black Lives Matter merely want attention for not being racist. Black people who represent it merely want attention for being “woke.” I ain’t getting a dime from the millions of dollars that BLM has made so I’m not going to represent a movement that causes controversary even if I agree with the movement. Somebody is going to want to argue about the movement and I need to get a piece of the pie to defend it.

At the end of the day my actions show that Black Lives Matter, not a shirt and a raised fist.

We’re two months away from the 2020 election. Each passing day there will be more political agendas posted on Facebook and other social media. I’m not going to participate in any of it anymore.

My opinion only matters when I vote.

Cameron Armstrong graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. in English: Writing and a minor in Womens Studies. He created ArmstrongTimes to express his opinion on Relationships, Social Issues, and Spirituality.

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