How Politicians Get Your Support

The two videos I'm about to post in this blog give examples of how politicians sway the voters and avoid the real issues.  When someone asks a question, one of the most common ways to keep from addressing the issue is to give a reply that never really answers the question and most people won't want to admit that they didn't understand.  "Did he say something?  I'm not sure.  I'd better not question it, though, or I might look stupid or offend someone.  After all, the politician talked about progress, the flag, and patriotism and he's a poor man who made it big by his hard work.  That stuff sounds real good."  These myths have been perpetrated by politicians as long as I can remember.  It was sometimes used by my relatives who were politicians, as much as I wish it weren't true.

This video shows another method that has been used in recent years as demonstrated by Lois...  playing to people's fears. 

We should all be familiar with this brand of politics most often used by the conservative Right, but also sometimes used by the Left.  Playing to peoples' fears has become one of the most popular ways to manipulate voters.  If politicians tell them that something's being done to protect them from an evil enemy, they'll give up anything, including their rights.  They'll get people to vote against policies that would be for your betterment, such as health care, by shouting words and phrases like "death panels," "Communism," and "Socialism."  It doesn't matter that people don't know anything about the issue or what Communism and Socialism mean.  What matters is they sound scary.  There are enough people who remember and believe the propaganda of the Cold War that even the mention of Communism or Socialism scares them.  They scare the voters into submission getting them to give up their own bodily fluids, allow themselves to be put under camera surveillance, and allow their phones and cell phones to be tapped without cause, which  seem to go against the 4th amendment.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Sure, these things can be used to protect people, but they can also be used, and are used, for other purposes which have nothing to do with protecting people.  Why was the government allowed to do these things?  Why, "for our own protection," of course.

When people are too scared to question what you do to them, you can get away with anything, and that's just what politicians want.  The more they can keep voters scared of people of different religions, people with different skin color, people with different customs, or even people who wear their hair differently or dress differently than what people are accustomed to,

the easier they are to control.  These are important things to consider for those who value the Constitution, freedom, and liberty.  People should always consider these things before they jump on a bandwagon to fight for what a politician is telling them.  Remember, in most cases, politicians are out for their own interests much more than they are for the interests of the voters.  They care about getting votes, getting campaign donations, and padding their own pockets.  They are often not looking out for the interests of the people who voted them into office.  The best thing to do is research the facts and the voting records of the politician before deciding to cast your vote.  Get information from as many sources as possible and not just sites that cater to a particular party or ideology.  Don't rely on what sounds good and seems popular with the crowd, but consider the effects it will have on your life as well as the lives of others.  Yes, it takes some work and you may read some things that you don't like, but it's the way to make better choices for people who will make and interpret the laws.

Uploaded 04/22/2011
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