facebook forwards.

I have this unabashed hatred for many of those “makes you think” Facebook forwards that have been going around now for the past four or five years. You know, not too long after Facebook became a free-for-all – when anyone could join and it wasn’t solely dedicated to college or university students.

Well, I just came across another today and I, thankfully, did not respond to it. It would have undoubtedly amassed a contingent of responses, either agreeing with my vehement criticisms or vilifying me for being so harsh and not “stopping to think” about it.

Here’s the forward:

2 TOUGH QUESTIONS

Question 1:
If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally handicapped, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion? Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates.

Candidate A.
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist. He’s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B.
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C.
He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be your choice? Decide first… no peeking, then scroll down
for the response.

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Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.
And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question: If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Pretty interesting isn’t it? Makes a person think before judging someone. Wait till you see the end of this note! Keep reading…

Never be afraid to try something new.
Remember: Amateurs…built the ark.
Professionals…built the Titanic

And Finally, can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year…

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?
It’s the 535 members of the United States Congress. The same group that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to keep the rest of us in line.

You gotta pass this on…..

So there you have it. I don’t want to extend this into a new rant so late at night, so I’ll copy-paste my intended response. I think it wraps up concisely what I feel about this particular shit-storm of a forward. Also – I guess I’d have killed Beethoven. I’m a cold, heartless, evil human being.

I have some problems with this person’s post. I’ll only cover the most important. 

I honestly don’t like the ‘unveiled’ candidate question at all. Yes, I voted for C. But, what bothers me is my wonderment at HOW MANY OTHER PEOPLE HAVE THOSE EXACT CHARACTERISTICS (or most of them). I almost have all of them (minus war hero and I sometimes eat meat – but rarely nowadays.) By that line of reasoning, those people are close to Hitler in daily actions; let’s negate everything else Hitler had done that would make people question voting for him. I’m not a fan of this type of comparison. Plus, people never vote in politicians based on this criteria – unless perhaps it’s well-known that the politician was/is a heavy alcoholic, etc. We typically – at least I hope – vote on the platforms of the candidates; or we, unfortunately, vote on people depending on the political party to which they are affiliated. And also because we think they will help. Of course, we mistakenly vote the wrong people in at times, as we can tell from Congress being bungholes. Yes, Congress is a crooked cesspit of imbeciles and my desire is for just about all of them to get voted out (especially Boehner)! But still – I’d rather think about what we can do to fix the problems outside of our governments and stop the corruption within our governments than deal with deceptive, unconnected hypothetical questions that lead to incredibly fallacious arguments.