I’ll help you pack, move

Alex Lindley, news and managing editor for The Flor-Ala.

By now, the election is likely old news to pretty much everyone. I say that with a degree of relative certainty because, well, Facebook and Twitter don’t lie.

Leading up to the election, my news feed on Facebook and my Twitter feed were so inundated with political posts leaning one way or the other that it looked like the transcription of a conversation between a bunch of schizophrenic political analysts.

It drove me absolutely crazy. And I wasn’t alone. People started posting about how they were going to unfriend or unfollow anyone they saw post another political rant.

Before long, I got sick of those posts, too. On a side note, I’d be interested to see how many people actually removed anyone from their social media outlets.

And then, the election came. I was so relieved — not necessarily in a political way (I’m not here to talk politics), but in a no-more-ridiculous-unfounded-political-posts way. But my relief was all too brief.

My social media feeds began to blow up with an onslaught of “Screw this, I’m moving to England” or “Hello, Canada” posts in response to President Obama’s re-election.

I even saw a post comparing President Obama to King Louis XVI, saying to remember what happens when politicians get too comfortable in office. Wow. Fortunately, that’s the only post I saw wishing death on our president.

Come on, people. I know it feels good to threaten to leave the country, but you should be embarrassed.

For one thing, no you’re not. You’re staying right here. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Completely uprooting your entire life because your favorite candidate didn’t win would be ridiculous.

More importantly, let’s consider the politics behind this. Obama critics accuse him of being socialist (because of Obamacare) and too liberal.

England has socialized healthcare. Yes, there is private healthcare there, but the healthcare system is predominantly public. Sounds a little like Obamacare to me.

And Canada has socialized healthcare, too. Want to go where the healthcare is privatized? Try Pakistan.

I’m well aware that health care isn’t the only issue. I’m simply saying that if you move to England or Canada to escape President Obama’s “liberal muck,” you’re going to have a bad time.

But nobody is really moving. So, let’s not make any more empty threats, especially on Facebook or Twitter. I’m not saying it’s wrong to be politically involved or to care that your candidate didn’t win; just don’t act like a child pretending to “run away forever” when he or she gets put in time-out.