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Some people have the audacity to lecture and threaten me with a block for criticizing or sharing news stories & opinions that negatively reflect upon any of the billion Democrats now running for President. This tactic promotes ignorance.

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Instead of telling fellow #resisters that they're being "divisive" or "doing Trump's job for him" after they provide links to news articles that cast a shade upon a candidate, you should thank them, not block them, because they're helping you make informed decisions.

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If we accept the premise of blind awareness and trust in supporting any candidate just because they have a "D" beside their name, we're no better than the hypocrites on the right-wing.

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Likewise, If an opinion about a candidate is upsetting to you, don't be repulsive in your emotional bias and block or unfollow the Tweeter. Engage with them instead - ask them why they feel that way and converse with them by arguing your viewpoints.

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To those who think that it's acceptable to condemn people who support one candidate, making blatant assumptions them, accusing them of helping to elect Trump, realize you're just strengthening their biases and driving a divisive wedge. It's human nature to be ...

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defensive and personalize attacks on our perspectives and choices, so instead of helping to bring them over your side, you're turning a fellow ally into an enemy. I'm often guilty of making things too personal, but I try to follow my advice in this regard.

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While you might be correct in your perceptions or positions, it's likely because you have information that someone else might not, so use this opportunity to make your case and, more importantly, to listen to their arguments.

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If the civil discourse doesn't result in a favorable outcome, that's okay. Walk away and try again in another time, but don't exile your colleagues with an unfollow or block, because, total agreement or not, you need them on your team.

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Our emotions are our most pervasive blinders. What we say, think, and believe on one day doesn't necessarily mean the same will be the case on another day. As the debates draw closer, people are likely to come to different conclusions.

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The primaries are where our engagement is most needed. Sharing information and raising awareness, good or bad, is going to help prepare us for the political nastiness sure to abound and it will guide our decisions to nominate the best candidate.

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If someone puts forth a stiff opposition to voting for a potential nominee or at all, ignore it. That's what they believe now, likely because they feel persecuted b/c of their support for a candidate or issues, but it doesn't mean they're going carry through on it.

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I'm guilty of breaking many of these rules myself, and unless you're a non-human robot or ghostly aberration from beyond, the chances are that you have done the same. Give people space; it's fine to tell someone you disagree, but don't make them an enemy.

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Unfollowing and blocking people who say something in a heated moment, don't agree with you, won't budge on their position, or make you feel under attack for what you believe, be thankful that you live in a country where we get to have choices.

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While it might be cathartic and emotionally liberating to unfollow and block someone, that's a short-term satisfaction which might well evolve into a longterm consequence where you lose in the end.

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Personal values matter, it's core to our identity, but our beliefs are also our most self-destructive flaw that often clouds our judgments. Remember, the tweet that challenges your opinion can result in your weaponization of a response, and we all lose in the end.

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