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Response to Californeeway (Reply #68)

Thu Jul 11, 2013, 07:17 AM

70. Regarding the president...

 

I feel where you're coming from. It doesn't matter who or what the president is. If 2016 ends up with us electing a lesbian Inuit from the Green party it still won't make a difference. The problem is policy, not personality, and history shows any policy with a tag saying "defense" on it is damn near impossible to end. Obama continues Bush's policies - but then Bush continued Clinton's policies... many of which were Poppy's policies... and so on down the line to Truman.


I think the main thing is getting more and more people to think about this until there is enough to create real political pressure. This will require talking to politically unmotivated people with a poor understanding of how our government works and convincing them to engage. It's my honest opinion that using hyperbole that can be quickly shown to be false or exaggeration ultimately destroy an argument and I think things are bad enough now that we don't need to exaggerate.




With the help of Aaron McGruder, there's my problem with the "we need to be precisely factual at all times!" argument. You can provide all the facts you have, but unless you can make people care, it's all wasted effort on your part. And the fact that things are as bad as htey are now and people are still apathetic about it shows me that presenting "just the facts, ma'am" isn't going to be productive.

Liberal politics in this country is amazingly bad at propaganda, to the point where a lot of liberals and progressives see it as an inherently bad, nasty thing. It's not. Propaganda is just the art of getting your audience to invest their interest in your position. And while it does not inherently involve lying, it does have an element of "not precisely the entire cold truth" to it - the goal is to make your audience care, not to educate them about every niggling detail.

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