3 Ways to Make A Difference:

Changing The World With Political Awareness

Jake Sandler, December 11, 2019
https://www.CatholicAmericanThinker.com/

It’s easy to feel powerless given our politics today. It feels like the media, big money and the elite are manipulating the system to their benefit at the expense of everybody else. You’re not wrong. But we can’t let that continue. Each of us can do our small part to make our republic better so that we can all live our best life. 

Understand toxic partisanship

There’s nothing inherently bad about being a proud Democrat or Republican. However, it can quickly become damaging when people consider those in the other party to be their enemy. Learning more about how we became so partisan and what forces make us feel that way gives you the skills to prevent yourself and others from becoming dangerously partisan. 

For the bookworm: Love Your Enemies 

For the article reader: No Hate Left Behind

For the data wiz: HiddenTribes

For the podcaster: More Divided Than Ever: Excavating the Roots Of Our Political Landscape

Define what matters to you

Some of us have a specific idea of what we want in a politician, most of us do not. We don’t know what things we should value. Should we care about policy? Experience? Effectiveness? Character? How should we compare which factor matters more than another? If I think a candidate is smart and honest, but they support policies I don’t like, how should I feel? Unfortunately, there is no objectively right answer, but there is likely a right answer for you. Thinking about this in a structured way can help. 

Since our brain likes to feel like it is consistent and logical, it’s best to come up with a framework that makes sense to you, before inserting any real person into it. This way, you may feel like you’ve picked someone with a bit more thought than who you’d rather have a beer with (but, hey we’re a democracy, so do what feels right boo). 

Because it’s complicated and nuanced, most people feel overwhelmed about the prospect of figuring out who they should support. This is a big reason why we tend to ignore the political process until there are only two options left to choose from…which has not turned out so well for us. 

If you need a place to start, I created a one-page(ish) framework to evaluate the 2020 presidential candidate’s. It can be found here: What matters in a President: A framework for evaluating politicians.

Micro donate to your favorite candidate

Adding money to politics may not seem like a helpful thing on the surface, but political contributions are a fundamental part of our democratic process, at least right now. We can use it for good or opt-out and let the big companies and the elite wield it for their self-interest. 

Once you have an idea of which candidate you like, sending them a small donation has an impact beyond just helping them buy more cheesy TV ads. It sends a signal to the candidate and to other people that this person is worth supporting – social scientists call this social norming. Take two candidates, Ashley and Will. Ashley has received donations from 20 million people while Will has received donations from 100,000 people. If we have no other information about either of them, we will have a more positive view of Ashley because more people support her. This is why likes and views dictate everything in the social media world. 

If there’s a candidate you support and you can spare the change, send them a small donation and tell your friends – you’ll be helping them more than you know. 

Donate to Democrats: ActBlue

Donate to Republicans: WinRed

Donate to Independents: The google machine

Small steps add up

Politics is simply the name for how we – as a country – try to take into account the opinions of over 300 million people. Looking at the United States from that vantage, it’s pretty bananas we’re able to get anything done. If we each take a little time to understand what we want a bit better, life can get better for all of us. Remember, you have influence, you just need to claim it.



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SLIMC1 Secularist Liberal Intellectual Media Complex
GESGOEAEOT2 Gradually, Ever So Gradually, Over Eons And Eons Of Time
PEWAG3 Punctuated Equilibrium's Wild-Assed Guess
TTRSTF4 Them There Real Scientifical-Type Fellers
TTRSPTF5 Them There Real Smart Perfesser-Type Fellers
TTRSJTF6 Them There Real Smart Journalistical-Type Fellers
SNRTACBT7 Surely No Right Thinking Adult Could Believe Today
STNSEACPB8 Surely Today No Serious Educated Adult Could Possibly Believe
WDN9 We Don't Know
BMDFP10 Baboons, Mongrel Dogs, Filthy Pigs and ...
HBAACOTE11 Human Beings Are A Cancer On The Earth
ACLU12 Anti-Christian Litigation Union
FLORMPORIF13 Flagrant Liar, Or, Mindless Parrot, Or, Innocent Fool
MEJTML14 Marxist Ends-Justify-The-Means Liar
IEJTML15 Islamic Ends-Ends-Justify-The-Means Liar
MPAV16 Marxist Principles And Values
WBESSWG17 Wise, Benign, Elite, Super-Scientific World Governance
TRMITM18 The Reason Man's In This Mess
IYI19 Intellectual Yet Idiotic
TTRSCBTF20 Them There Real Smart Catholic Bishop Type Fellers
IACMPVND21 Illegal-Alien-Criminal Marxocrat-Party-Voting Nation-Destroyers
PEJTML22 Palestinian Ends-Justify-The-Means Liar

Reference Material

Culture=Religion+Politics;  Who Are We?  Vic Biorseth

The Brilliantly Conceived Organization of the USA;  Vic Biorseth

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Date:  Fri Jan 10 04:59:09 2020
From:  Vic Biorseth
Email:  vic@catholicamericanthinker.com
Location:  Huber Heights, Ohio
Comment: 

This is all about process, not policy, and not even civics. Mere Process without deeper understanding of American civics, without knowledge of and adherence to the American Constitution, and without knowledge of exactly what is at stake in any election spells eventual national doom.

Policy is far more important than process. 

Marxism, Islam and any other form of Globalism are all, along with Hedonism, destructive of Constitutional America, and incidentally, all other sovereign nations. The Marxocrat (Democrat) Party almost destroyed us in the Civil War, and they are now trying to do that again with their Globalist agenda. You can love your political enemy all you want to, but they are still your political enemy, and they will displace the Constitution and replace the American nation with tyrannical global government if they are allowed to do it.  

Regards,

Vic

PS: See Unconstitutionalism; Unconstitutional Bureaucracies; American Unconstitutionalism; Unconstitutionality.


Date:  Fri Jan 10 06:25:43 2020
From:  John
Email:   
Location:  Wyoming, PA
Comment: 

Vic,

It is all about a person's worldview. Process is dependent on the men and women who effect it.

Way back during the Constitutional Convention, the 55 delegates who designed the U.S. (the "Founding Fathers") shared a common worldview. It is a matter of public record. The religious affiliations of the men were:

28 Episcopalians, 8 Presbyterians, 7 Congregationalists, 2 Lutherans, 2 Dutch Reformed, 2 Methodists, 2 Roman Catholics, 1 unknown and 3 deists--Williamson, Wilson and Franklin. 

This means that 93% were of the men held a Christian worldview. And even if the 7% held a non-Chritian worldview, they were immersed in Christian culture and accepted its basic tenets subconsciously. 

So when Madison wrote that we are a nation of laws, not of men he was referring to laws based on his Christian world view. He was not referring to the Talmud or the Koran. 


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