The Presidential election season has already started, and it looks to be a season based upon sound bites, ad hominin fallacies, and a lot of assumptions; not to mention a very expensive election.
The candidates will be after your vote, or in some cases depending on the color of your skin, age, state, or how you label yourself; they will simply be expecting you to vote for them.
We have very little true choice with our current presidential election process, usually it is the lesser of two evils, and that is scary. The Republican Party of today is more like the Democratic Party of yesterday (study your history, the party of Lincoln is gone); and the Democratic Party does not truly know where it stands except they feel entitled to and are expecting the vote of people of color. These are not assumptions, there are enough facts if you do the research yourself, and I am about to make a point.
Candidates on both sides do not clearly discuss and define issues because they think we are stupid, instead what they try and do is simply woo you into voting for them without giving any substance. Some candidates feel that if they insult you enough you will vote for them out of sheer fear, some candidates think that because they never had to work for your vote before than they do not have to now.
News flash, the people are not stupid, we see through the lies and deceptions, and I would like it to be known that you still have to earn our votes. Do not assume that because someone is labeled “conservative” they will vote for a Republican, especially if you are spewing hate and bigotry in this increasingly diverse world (you do not know their life’s story). Do not assume that because someone is labeled “liberal” or because they are African-American, they will vote for a democrat; you still need to campaign in those neighborhoods and convince them.
So as the political circus begins, politicians, here the words of this educator: YOU NEED TO EARN OUR VOTES!
Good luck and may common sense be with you.
Dr Flavius A B Akerele III