With the election of Donald Trump, there is a lot of misinformation circulating. In this episode you learn:
- The origin of the terms “left wing” and “right wing” as political descriptors
- You learn the characteristics of a Republic and Democracy
- Why we have an Electoral College
- Why it’s a mistake to mischaracterize people with opposing ideas to your own
- Why it’s a mistake to use pejoratives and disparaging innuendos to describe people and their opinions that oppose yours
- Why being a seeker of Truth will protect you from being manipulated and deceived by any political propaganda from any party
*Special note: To address the alarm and campaigning to change the electoral college, understand that those that win the electoral college 9 times out of 10 win the popular vote. The electoral and popular vote usually go in tandem. It’s only when races are super CLOSE that you see a slight deviation. This was true in the 2000 election with Bush-Gore and in this most recent election. If you look at the current numbers for Trump-Clinton, the popular vote is still very close. The electoral college is still a system of majority rule. Candidates win or lose by the majority vote received in EACH STATE. States don’t have electoral colleges. In other words, there are 51 popular vote elections held on election day. Each state has a pool of votes that go to the winning party. Please see the links below to learn the details of how it works. I am a supporter of the Electoral College and believe it exists for very good reason. There has been a quiet movement to circumvent the constitution to remove it. Therefore, I’ve included an interpretation from a source that supports it (the right) and a source that wants to get rid of it (the left). It would be intellectually dishonest of me to share only my preference. It’s important for my readers to see the contrast in how it is described by the left and the right. For, the Clear Perspective is, first, about establishing clarity over agreement. It’s wise to know the differences and something of the ideas we decide to vigorously oppose. For in our opposition, we just might be cutting off our nose to spite our face.
**The US Congressional Record is a great source to consult to verify how party members voted for legislation that can reveal their party’s core values. Also, the US History Archives are a good source of raw factual history with no spin. I encourage you to verify all facts I shared in links above and in this podcast below.
A Quick Word on Ideological Bias
Consider and remember this about consuming political information. The problem is NOT that there is bias in life, news, or politics. Everyone one is biased. It is intellectually dishonest to claim we are not. We are consuming someone’s bias every day for our benefit, our lack, or to our chagrin. The million dollar question (to help us decide what’s actually trustworthy of our consumption) is what are the biases we consume based upon? And, do our sources have enough integrity to disclose or suspend biases when necessary?
We must constantly ask ourselves, are our biases (and the ones we consume) based upon TRUTH or what we and our egos PREFER to be true? Are we participating in social vanity and emotionally group thinking with our race, our religion, our political party or our social peers.
For biases based upon TRUTH never hurt anyone. They actually stand to benefit everyone. The only problems with bias are:
- influential people spreading it based upon an ignorant or deceptive interpretation of facts
- influential people spreading it based upon limited information due to their existing in a social echo chamber that lacks ideological diversity
- influential people sharing information without disclosing their bias to you
People who are trustworthy usually disclose their biases. They tell you exactly what they believe, why they believe it, and why it makes sense for you to adopt certain ideas. Then they move out of the way to let you make up your own mind. They don’t pretend to be neutral while their rhetoric exposes the strong opinion they are too afraid to publicly stand by. And, they don’t try to guilt you or manipulate your emotions (or manipulate the facts or events) to get you to believe their interpretation of events.
My position as creator of this blog is “learning leader.” Every post requires me to research and read. I’m simply sharing with others what I’m learning. So, after listening, feel free to share your thoughts. Ask questions so we can find accurate answers and bring further clarity for us all to consider for better decision making.