to my esteemed ATS Colleagues,
I have seen (it seems like) millions of threads about John McCain is bad because of this, or Barack Obama is bad because of this. Or you should vote
for one guy, because the other is just evil.
While I understand these perspectives, I must put a simple question forward to all of my fellow ATSer's.
Do you Really Understand Politics?
I mean no disrespect; this topic is meant to be a positive post in what seems to be a very negative forum. But I really feel ATSer's are falling for
the propaganda of the political machine. That said, Lets break down what I like to call "Basic Politics"
There are two differing tactics in politics; both play hand in hand in getting a candidate elected on a national level.
tactic 1: Highlight your issues, and Utilize your viewpoints as a draw to voters.
this is simple. Take your candidates political views, explain why these views are the best for America. Brief explanations of how the candidate will
address this issue once and for all. It builds up momentum, and positive energy (I.e. all the Yes We Can! chanting at Barack Obama Rallies)
tactic 2: Attack your opponent from Every angle, their history, their business dealings, the black sheep of their family etc.
This has to be tied in after effective media coverage of your candidate. Once your candidates name is out there, you have to attack the other
candidate; in the hopes that you can steal some of their votes. Basically, this tactic is what ensures most election wins. People are drawn to
negativity. The same as people are drawn to watch two people injure each other with their fists, we also like to see two people injure each other with
Understanding this we can take the next step in politics.
The Majority determines ALL.
No matter what your candidates personal opinion on the issue, you must base their public perspective on what the majority of people believe. If not,
you risk your candidate failing to the extent of being a joke in the political realm. This cannot occur as any future political runs for your
candidate can be thrown out the window. Basically, you have to tell the people what they want to hear (read Lie) to win
Now, we have two tactics for spreading your message; and one tactic for determining your message.
As you can see, we are beginning to play a game. It is more a game of checkers then chess; Though the complexities of a rule-less game lead to many
possibilities, and many intriguing outcomes.
just to further my point, Look at how politicians advertise. LUR, or Lowest Unit Rate, is a form of reserving advertising space. It is a bidding war
between candidates for that time slot. Instead of reserving the slot at a slightly higher cost, the candidates are forced to bid back and forth;
leading to more profit for these T.V. Advertisers. Those stations that make the most advertising money off of your candidate run the most 'News'
coverage on your candidate.
The Media literally sells "news" coverage to the highest bidder.
As you can see, Politics is nothing but a big game.
Unless you personally know the candidate, you cannot determine whether or not they will be a good President. The only time one can truly determine
whether or not a candidate will be a good president is after the candidate has taken office, and literally proven themselves under 'live-fire'. The
responsibilities that come with this office are too extensive to base judgment on presumptive views.
You can form your opinions on the information you find, as any good citizen would; but you should not try to sway others with your OPINIONS!
This only hurts the Democratic process, and it plays right into their game of 'I'm better than that Moron is!'
In closing, I understand discussion of the issues, and even heated debates over these issues; but we really need to take a look at how we are acting
in these political threads. It would shine a little more light on the ugly face of politics for us all.
Thanks for Reading; Though I have my Opinions, I just ask that every one of you that can go out and vote for who you feel is best. But leave the 2nd
Tactic to the politicians. In the end we all have to live with the choice a majority of us will make!