Please Refrain From Being Polarized

It’s easy to say your objective, weighing evidence with dispassionate analysis and facts. You believe your  judgement is sound and your positions are ethical, you’re not like the others.

But should you find yourself wrong without feeling livid, it came about with much consideration and deliberation that you could have been wrong at all. You feel you should stand tall or not at all.

Being right is about getting it right and how could you fuck up? It’s you! Right? How could you believe any lie or misconception, be subject to any deception? Without you knowing…

Romney:

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what. And I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49, 48—he starts off with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. And he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean that’s what they sell every four years.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/full-transcript-mitt-romney-secret-video#47percent

Obama:

“As we think about the policy research surrounding the issues that I just named — policy research for the working poor, broadly defined — I think that what we’re gonna have to do is somehow  resuscitate the notion that government action can be effective at all. There has been a systematic, I don’t think it’s too strong to call it a propaganda campaign, against the possibility of government action and its efficacy. And I think some of it has been deserved. Chicago Housing Authority has not been a model of good policy making. And neither necessarily have been the Chicago public schools. What that means then is that as we try to resuscitate this notion that we’re all in this thing together, leave nobody behind, we do have to be innovative in thinking how, what are the delivery systems that are actually effective and meet people where they live, and my suggestion I guess would be that the trick, and this is one of the few areas where I think there have to be technical issues that have to be dealt with as opposed to  just political issues, how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution, because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody’s got a shot. How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that both foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local level and can be tailored to particular communities.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/4-pinocchios-for-a-truncated-14-year-old-obama-clip/2012/09/20/9b40f4b8-0330-11e2-91e7-2962c74e7738_blog.html

4 Comments

  1. It really makes me wonder, who is writing Romney’s speeches and has he recently had a stroke? Whether it was built upon a solid foundation or not, there is something amiss in the execution.

    1. I have the impression Romney had a ad hoc speech, but I can be entirely wrong about it. I’m also have a strong impression Romney comes off as uncomfortable speaking about anything that is’int administrative and business related. He has strong beliefs like most people about society, foreign policy, etc but I don’t think he educated himself with those topics because his strong beliefs seem undeveloped and uninteresting, as if he is repeating what he has heard and not studied. You know when someone has studied a topic when you hear or read an insightful opinion distinct from the common knowledge, and misconceptions, regarding that topic.

      To stay true to the title of this post, Obama shows he’s an introvert. I listened to an NPR article several days back explaining how Obama works in office. Obama is an atypical president, politician in general, with no frat boy qualities being socially immersed with peers. If you call the majority of senators, they will tell you they have never received a call from the president regarding making some kind of deal. I believe that is the primary reason why Obama picked Biden, someone well-established, well-connected. and well-immersed in politics of the late 19th and 20th centuries. :p

  2. My question is – what exactly do you want us to take away from this posting – because it is missing some framework I believe. If the goal is to get us to understand the polarization of the two candidates, you need some conclusion that leads us to that analysis. I am very interested in seeing that.

    1. The goal isn’t to understand the polarization of the candidates but to show “polarized people” who follow either candidate of something they may believe, because they want to believe, and find out it is not true, or partially not true.

      How people think is still heavily influenced by group tribalism, the us vs them mentality. Individuals who heavily indentify with a particular group commonly believe the group’s propaganda at most, or groupthink at least. Group tribalism still permeates advanced societies, although typically not based on clan, race, religion, language, skin color, etc, political ideology still does the job almost as well as the tribalisms I have just mentioned. It is a topic I wish to discuss in a later article accompanied by a more suitable article or topic.

      This post is meant to be rhetorical, speaking to the most opinionated minds who are so certain of their views.

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