Why can't some people be objective when evaluating political candidates?
I just finish reading an op-ed on the New York Times by the pollster Frank Luntz especally the comments section at the end by readers. It occurs to me how so many people are skewed by their politics and refuse to be objective. They look at things through rose colored glasses and ignore the facts and the truths as revealed. They will attack the very people who exposes corruption if it was aimed at their candidates. How does someone justify this behavior. It seems to me, politics is the one few areas of our lives we do this. In all other arena of our lives, we tend to be more objective.
One way of looking at it is that there's always a flip side to what appears or is being projected. What seems right to one may actually be a fallacy or deception that one fails to figure out or it may be too convincing to be true.
However, I also feels that often its the prejudices and the herd mentality that come into play and influence ones view point.
I may not agree that lack of objectivity is confined to Politics but the Powerplay, Money & Web of Deception in politics can certainly be the a force to reckon with, let alone their ability to influence!!
Interesting. Where else in our daily lives do we ignore the facts and make decisions based on bias? In personal, social, economic, and judicial most people make decisions based on analysis of facts... that is how we were taught growing up.
I think what I said above applies to what you inquired..lets say,
Why do you follow god? May be cuz you never saw beyond what was being force-fed to you, faith or no faith!
Why would one choose a brand endorsed by a celeb over a non-entity?
Most people vote for the party platform regardless of the candidate.
There is not much that can be said that will make the base voters for either candidate abandon their party affiliation.
They rarely vote for the opposition party when it comes to their stances. Generally speaking the exceptions have been when there was a major economic meltdown or war along with civil unrest.
Social issues also play a major role in some people's vote. If one is "pro-choice" and wants Planned Parenthood to continue to be funded they're not going to vote a candidate who promises to fight to overturn Roe V. Wade. The same is true of pro marriage equality.
If someone is a big proponent of the 2nd Amendment they're not going to vote for someone who promises to push for more gun control. Essentially the "party's platform" trumps the candidate's character flaws for many folks. It's always been that way.
I know people who believe it's strange that only in politics is it acceptable to want someone without any past experience.
You wouldn't want a doctor who never went to med school and suddenly decided to open up a practice. And yet when it comes to politics (no experience) is seen as "plus"!
Yes, I agree. But why can't people separate the party from the candidates? Why can't someone be consistent in their beliefs? If a candidate did wrong, I can't defend the act just so I can support the candidate. I hope you see the difference.
I know where you're coming from.
Some people have always voted Republican or Democrat and it makes no difference (who the candidate is) as long as they support the party's ideology. That's all that matters to them.
Scott Adams' blog on this and the election are great, explaining how we look at the same speeches and videos and see it differently based on our views and thus biases.
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