The upcoming elections have never been more important. Again.
There are few things more important for us to apply Critical Thinking to than who we should elect as our next President.
My take is that there are three main “P’s” that will make the difference: Policies, Politics, and Personality. Each one of these is a test case for us to utilize Critical Thinking, as we are inundated with one-sided stories, purposefully deceptive information, and worse.
Let’s briefly discuss each one…
POLICIES are what the candidate’s stated positions are on the multiple important issues that we are societally facing. These include technical matters (e.g., climate, energy, etc.), economics, immigration, international relations, election integrity, censorship, civil rights, etc.
What policies are best? Technical matters need to be based on real Science, not political science. Other issues should be based on our Constitution, Laws, and what is provably in the best interest of our citizens.
Note that some voters are focused on just one issue. Considering the seriousness of many issues that we are facing, that is a MAJOR mistake.
POLITICS is how well the candidate can work with others who have different priorities. Politics is mostly about negotiations and compromise.
Where do we draw the line between compromise and capitulation? This is an art. A good example of a successful politician is Ronald Reagan. Yes, since he was human he had slips, but by-and-large he was a superior negotiator. In politics, as desirable as it is to have high aspirations, it is equally important to be flexible.
PERSONALITY refers to the image conveyed by the candidate to the public. Do they come across as likable, competent, confident, empathetic, honest, etc.?
Some may say that’s a tall order — and yes it is. However, candidates are aspiring to be President of the US, an exceptionally tall-order job and responsibility.
Regretfully, marketing strategies (political propaganda) are often designed to deceive the public about candidates (either positively or negatively). It’s up to Critically Thinking voters to separate the wheat from the chaff.
I’ll keep this post neutral, and stop right there. If you’d like my take on how the major declared candidates rate for each of these three factors, send me an email: “aaprjohn” at “northnet.org”.
Whatever your Critical Thinking conclusions are, please vote!
PS — My next commentary will be: Honest or Dishonest Elections: what do we have?
©2024. John Droz, Jr. All rights reserved.
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Here are other materials by this scientist that you might find interesting:
My Substack Commentaries for 2023 (arranged by topic)
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WiseEnergy.org: discusses the Science (or lack thereof) behind our energy options.
C19Science.info: covers the lack of genuine Science behind our COVID-19 policies.
Election-Integrity.info: multiple major reports on the election integrity issue.
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