Despite reported efforts to silence conservative viewpoints, social media sites like Facebook remain the most accessible forum through which the public can express its views. Developments regarding the Bundy Ranch situation, for instance, have been shared extensively by users despite the fact that many mainstream media sources have largely ignored the story.
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, who some reports suggest has a financial interest in the Bureau of Land Management’s action against the Bundys, recently indicated that the situation is “not over,” leading many to prepare for a federal raid on the historic ranch. In response to the announcement, patriots on Facebook proved they are not only capable of using the site to spread important news; they also provide plenty of pointed criticism of those they feel deserve it.
Reid’s official Facebook page, filled with the traditional fare – i.e., self-congratulatory fluff – of a career politico, has been bombarded by detractors over the past few days. While such divisive candidates are always subject to ridicule, the level of disdain shown recently in regard to the Bundy Ranch situation provides a telling insight into the prevailing public sentiment.
Taking just one recent Reid post as a case in point, the overwhelming majority of hundreds of comments that followed are from unmistakably outraged citizens. Many concede that Facebook is about the only forum through which their concerns will find an audience.
Some of the comments offer a pithy take on Reid’s policies:
Others are decidedly more in-depth analyses:
Many of the responses include predictions for his political future – along with others who seem to put personal aspirations above their sworn oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution.
Try as he might to steer the conversation away from the continuing controversy, it is clear that a significant group of advocates is determined to hold him accountable for his position. The backlash was not contained to Facebook. Twitter has been inundated with similarly scathing comments like this one:
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