Social media gives America new platform
Americans have taken to social media to express their views on the government shutdown.
According to The Associated Press, the public outcry was blunt and to the point, and most were focused on frustrations that political sides couldn’t come to a compromise.
Technology has certainly changed how people can communicate with elected officials. No longer do people have to wait for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver an angry missive. Americans now can fire off their opinions with a click of a button, but it’s unknown if the politicians themselves are receiving the message.
In Yuma, a search for local content on Twitter brought up a variety of messages, including the following:
“Any other field would fire employees for poor performance. Doesn’t the #shutdown reflect poor job performance?,” which came from @MDShowman.
Noted @SlightlyBossy, “@WhiteHouse the president needs to find a way to control his children (house and senate) the finger pointing has to stop! #shutdown”
Postings on the national level have spanned the gamut, from the very angry to the somewhat supportive, while some have had a sense of humor.
Politicians have taken to social media as well, in an attempt to defend their positions, AP reports.
In our opinion, however, if a politician takes to social media during this time, it shouldn’t be to defend a position, but instead to prove to the public that steps are being taken to resolve this crisis.
A series of messages saying the same trite statements does nothing to achieve progress. America is ready to see action and resolution, not hear the repetition of the same partisan finger-pointing.
If our elected officials are paying attention, social media has made clear more than ever the discontent the public is feeling right now. We’re done with the blame game, and the favored talking points have been repeated so many times that they’ve lost their meaning.
Take note, Washington. America is clearly ready for resolution. The question is, can you deliver?