A primer for political debates on social media

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In light of more aggressive tactics by campaigns (both Bernie's and others), it will be even more important moving forward that supporters make it their personal responsibility to represent the campaign in a positive way. It's important that we focus exclusively on policy, track record, and electability differences while (and this is important) NOT engaging in personal attacks.

Do's:

  • Joe Biden voted for the war in Iraq, while Bernie voted against it. Bernie is the stronger anti-war candidate.
  • Elizabeth Warren and Bernie's healthcare plans are different in that Bernie will begin rolling his plan out immediately over a 4-year period while Elizabeth wants to have a public option for the first three years, hoping that at the end of three years congress will agree to pass a single payer system. This would give insurance companies more time to bribe politicians and lobby against Medicare for all, making it less likely to pass and making the public option more susceptible to funding cuts by bad-faith politicians.

Don'ts:

  • Biden is a neoliberal racist!!!!#!1!
  • Warren is a corporate shill! She's a phony!!!! She can't be [email protected]!

Whether you agree with what's in the "don't" section is pretty much irrelevant; it's not helpful. Consider whether your priority is to help Bernie win the nomination or to "win" a twitter argument. If you encounter an online troll who is insulting you/Bernie, don't sink to their level. Just present a factual, policy-based answer and then cease to engage.

I've seen negative opinions about aggressive Bernie supporters on some social media platforms so take care that you're not coming across as stubborn or belligerent. Many new Bernie supporters don't consider themselves democratic socialists/socdems so trying to argue from the viewpoint of automatic opposition to moderates/neolibs may not be effective and could even come off as antagonistic. Be conscientious that this is an echo chamber.

Remember, this campaign isn't about you, or me, it's about all of US! Happy debating!

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