I swore I would NEVER create a thread in this forum......looks like I was wrong!
A couple of weeks ago, my son's Boy Scout troop held their elections. These elections were for who would be in positions of leadership from the Senior
Patrol Leader all the way down to the individual Patrol Leaders.
Each boy was given a chance to speak and explain why they would be good for the position they were running for, and how they would do it.
After the elections were over, I'd randomly ask some of the boys who they voted for and why. All of the answers were along the lines of "I think Tommy
will do a good job as our Historian." or "I think Steve is a natural leader and will help manage the troop well."
Do you know what I didn't hear from them? What I didn't hear from them was:
"Well, Tommy has a face full of acne and he says stupid things sometimes, so no way I'm voting for him, and any one that does is an idiot!"
"Well Steve got suspended from school once because he got into a fight, so no way I'm trusting him! I'll vote for anyone but him!"
This is pretty much what the 2016 election cycle has been: Get The Other Guy!
Trash The Other Guy.
Trash The Supporters!
It's pretty much all I see in the media. Trashing Trump. Trashing Hillary. I hardly see ANYTHING telling me that I should vote for one of them (or
someone else) because of something good about them.
Even the independent candidates are doing it! Gary Johnson and Jill Stein ads are almost all "You don't have to vote for either one of those horrible
people! You have a third choice!"
Here on ATS? oh.....my........god.......I have seen some of the most horrible behavior in my life on here during this election cycle.
People who get so wrapped up, so angry, so full of themselves thinking they are better than everyone else, to the point where, they break the rules
and end up in trouble with us.
Enough so that even when we talk to them about it, they go right back to that kind of behavior!
What I do not see on here is reasons why I should vote for someone in a good way. People painting their candidate in a good light only. Instead,
almost every thread here on ATS is:
Trash the other person and their supporters.
So here is the deal. I want to see if any of you can be as good as the Boy Scouts in my son's troop.
Sell Me Your Candidate
Explain WHY your candidate is the best one. What they will do for me, for my country and for the world.
Here's the rules:
You can NOT trash any other candidate.
You can NOT trash their supporters.
You can NOT use the excuse "Because it will keep you from voting for So-And-So"
Can ANY of you do it? Can ANY of you actually sell me your candidate in a civilized way, that does NOT involve having to trash the opposition?
You can try to sell me ANY one of the candidates: Trump, Hillary, Johnson, Stein,....we'll even do write in candidates, meaning you can try to sell me
those who did not get their nomination (IE Cruz, Bernie, Rubio, Carson.....uh.....uhm.....that other guy that was Democratic that none of us ever
heard of.......).......even your dog or cat.
But: you can not trash anyone. You must sell me your candidate based upon their own merits, and their own merits alone.
Can you do it?
Let's say you post a good selling post of your candidate....but then someone else comes in and just trashes them, responding to you........here is the
bonus challenge: Can you ignore that post and stick to selling your candidate with good things about them only?
I'll be brutally honest with you all: I don't think you guys can do it. I do not think you guys can resist the temptation to bash Trump. I do not
think you guys can resist saying something bad about Hillary. I also do not think you guys can not keep from responding to those that do.......
Prove me wrong....and sell me your candidate.
And now you know why I put this in the Mud Pit....I expect the poo to fly quite a lot in here.
ETA: Forgot to say: those of you who can do this, can stick to selling their candidate without bashing anyone else, and who also do not respond to the
bashing, I will applaud your post for meeting the challenge.
edit on 8/30/2016 by eriktheawful because: (no reason given)