Friday, October 5, 2012

Blue Truth, Red Truth: Both candidates say White House hopefuls should talk straight with voters. Here's why neither man is ready to take his own advice

Here's a link to a long but excellent article from TIME:

"Blue Truth, Red Truth"Both candidates say White House hopefuls should talk straight with voters. Here's why neither man is ready to take his own advice

Below are some key quotes, but you really should read the entire article. Really!:
  • "No matter their ideology, many voters increasingly inhabit information bubbles in which they are less likely to hear their worldview contradicted."
  •  “'We don’t collect news to inform us. We collect news to affirm us,' explains Republican pollster Frank Luntz..."
  • "Human beings are simply more willing to believe falsehoods that confirm their worldview."
  • “'The more we care about politics and the more it becomes central to our worldview, the more threatening it becomes to admit that we are wrong or our side is wrong....'"
And this last quote is exactly what I keep saying to any who will listen:
  • "As it stands, the very notions of fact and truth are employed in American politics as much to distort as to reveal. And until the voting public demands something else, not just from the politicians they oppose but also from the ones they support, there is little reason to suspect that will change."
The bottomline is that until we stop taking self-righteous pot-shots at "the other side" while excusing and spinning the missteps of "our side" and start calling out both sides equally, we all need to just shut up. We will get the kind of governing that we elect and support. Nothing more, nothing less.



1 comment:

  1. Great points Stephen.

    Perhaps we do not insist on integrity, character, and honor on the part of our leaders, because, as a nation, we largely fail to live up to these ideals ourselves. The Framers warned us that no republic could endure unless the people largely governed and restrained themselves. In my view, we are now seeing exactly what they predicted: a republic has become a democracy, which is rapidly becoming a tyranny.

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