Don't petition the White House, Use Change.org

Don’t petition the White House, Use Change.org

Nov 18, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
Secessionists. I first want to say thank you for finally learning something from history. The last time so many desired to rid themselves of a tyrannical president they declared war on the Union. Thus, your use of a peaceful means through petitions on the White House’s site is commendable. Furthermore, each state now finds themselves represented by a petition and signatures from people possibly wanting to secede from the United States. Texas leads the way with more than 100,000 people asking the White House to address the issue. This is the same state governed by Rick Perry who drummed up his base of supporters with calls for seceding prior to his Republican bid for President. The irony seemed lost on him. Governor Perry is obviously not a viable option to lead the cause. He hardly put up a fight against a weak group seeking his party’s nomination. I also question...
The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The Country Moved to the Left Last Night

The whole campaign season did not just depend upon the presidential race that finally came to an end last night. Yes, the country voted clearly to give Barack Obama another four years in the White House. He received more than 50 percent of the vote and won handily in the electoral college. Yet, it is what happened down the ballot that shows the nation’s move toward progressive values. It appears that Democrats will pick up a couple seats in the lower chamber but the real change happened on the senatorial level. Voters said no way to Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock after they attempted to scapegoat women and downplay the trauma of rape and sexual abuse. Furthermore, women won in Massachusetts, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Wisconsin for their first terms. All four of them will be more progressive legislators than their predecessors. In Wisconsin Tammy Baldwin will be the...
Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Republicans, Rape, Life, and Control of Women

Oct 24, 2012 Aaron Krager No Comments
During last night’s Indiana Senate debate the Republican candidate, Richard Mourdock, did more than stick his foot in his mouth. I believe life begins at conception. The only exception I have for to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen. Mourdock joined a club made exclusively of Republicans but a club that seems to be growing as the November election nears. Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh made a reprehensible comment about exceptions for the life of the mother following his debate. “There is no such exception. With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance.” Complete crap as this woman explains. Of course who can forget Missouri...

Danger! Danger! Conservative’s Low-Effort Thinking

Apr 10, 2012 Aaron Krager 1 Comment

The quickness of our culture means commercials or ideas must come across to the listener within a 30-second gap. The elevator pitch existed long before the invention of a 140-character limit on Twitter. We love to get information quickly and move on with our busy lives. I’ve always thought Republicans have an advantage in this setup because their ideas fit on a bumper sticker.

Turns out a study shows low-efforts in thinking correlates to having conservative political views. Let’s finish this thought before you say something along the lines of me calling conservatives stupid.

“Not quite,” Dr. Eidelman told The Huffington Post in an email. “Our research shows that low-effort thought promotes political conservatism, not that political conservatives use low-effort thinking.”

“Keeping people from thinking too much…or just asking them to deliberate or consider information in a cursory manner can impact people’s political attitudes, and in a way that consistently promotes political conservatism,” Dr. Eidelman said in the email.

Society in general keeps us busy. We work longer hours than other industrialized countries. We work for less money too. Kids are busy with school, sports, and video games. Our relationships take a toll on our stress levels as well. All of this prevents us from digging deeper into political issues and current events.

Then we throw in the 24-hour news cycle that treats complicated domestic policy like it is a third tier news event. We receive around the clock coverage of the latest celebrity mishap or even death but the talking points of either party get glazed over as though they both speak the truth.

The GOP utilizes this to influence the American public in ways that work against them. GOP says tax cuts and it’s your money all in one sound byte. It is certainly easier to draw that conclusion rather than looking into the ways in which taxes are spent, what programs are funded, how you and your neighbors benefit from taxes and more.

Dave Johnson at Our Future took a look at eight things the public thinks they know are true but are actually false. These things happen because people pay less attention to the story and because of the culture mentioned above.

1. President Obama tripled the deficit.
2. President Obama raised taxes, which hurt the economy.
3. President Obama bailed out the banks.
4. The stimulus didn’t work.
5. Businesses will hire if they get tax cuts.
6. Health care reform costs $1 trillion.
7. Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, is “going broke,” people live longer, fewer workers per retiree, etc.
8. Government spending takes money out of the economy.

All falsehoods spread by the GOP public relations machine. Candidates and elected officials repeat them ad nauseum. So the public believes them and doesn’t do the necessary fact checking.

This is the part that worries me the most. What can our future hold if people do not weigh these very important issues carefully? They matter to each and every one of us. The Political is Personal!

Without a fact based and critical thought process in the American public, I fear we may doom ourselves. Without deep consideration we become much more susceptible to easy slogans and misdirection from our supposed leaders. Almost like a magician’s sleight of hand.

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