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Should We Take Their Word For It? - Or is it easier to believe what we are told?




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Elizabeth from South Carolina emailed me to compliment me on my recent post about former President Donald Trump. She further asked if I could discuss whether we should believe or not believe what politicians tell us during their election campaigns. Since we are in an election year, I thought this was a good topic to discuss.


POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS:


For those of us who have been around for a few elections, most will agree that political campaigns have changed a great deal. Since the days when candidates expressed their policies and debated their opponents' possible failures, campaigns have now become more about personal attacks rather than issues.


Contrary to what you may believe, NO ONE IS PERFECT. NO ONE LIVES IN A GLASS HOUSE. Everyone has some form of skeletons in their closet. People with high visibility usually have more due to the nature of their public exposure. These issues, whether they revolve around the candidate or the candidate's family, have now become a target in our election campaigns. Some may be valid and should be exploited, others, maybe not so much. That is for you to decide. However, this has now become the norm during political debates and campaigns. There is a great deal of work and things to consider during a political campaign.


Political campaigns are an important element in the democratic process, serving as a platform for candidates to communicate their vision, policies, and values to the people. These carefully strategized efforts aim to convince voters to trust the candidate with the responsibility of governing. A successful political campaign requires meticulous planning, effective communication, and a deep understanding of the citizens' needs and concerns.


The foundation of a political campaign lies in the candidate's ability to present a clear and compelling message that resonates with the voters. This message should outline the candidate's goals and priorities, what differentiates them from their opponents, and establish their credibility and qualifications for the position sought. Additionally, the message should be tailored to address the specific issues and concerns of different demographic groups to broaden the candidate's appeal.


This strategy campaign strategy encompasses various aspects such as fundraising, advertising, media relations, grassroots mobilization, and voter outreach. Fundraising is crucial for financing the campaign operations, including advertising, travel, staff salaries, and other expenses. Candidates often rely on a network of donors, fundraisers, and political action committees to raise the necessary funds.


Donors can be a slippery slope. Many donors donate to a campaign because they believe in a candidate's platform. Others may donate because they may be looking for favors or other considerations after the candidate is elected. In a perfect world, the second type of donor should not occur. Do we live in a perfect world?


Advertising plays a significant role in shaping public perception and influencing voter behavior. Campaign advertisements are designed to introduce the candidate to the voters, highlight their key policy positions, and contrast them with their opponents. Print, broadcast, and digital media platforms are utilized to reach a wide audience and convey the candidate's message effectively.


Media relations are also critical in securing favorable coverage and managing the candidate's public image. Candidates engage with journalists, participate in interviews, and issue press releases to communicate their message and respond to criticisms. A positive relationship with the media can help amplify the candidate's message and establish their credibility with the public.


In theory, any form of media should NOT be biased and treat each candidate equally. Do you think that is happening now? One of the major problems candidates face is media bias. This bias can sway the way their viewers vote. Do you believe that these are good journalistic qualities? When this occurs, it makes people wonder who and what they should believe. I have stated many times that as citizens and voters, we share the responsibility to be properly informed, and many times, it is required for us to do some homework of our own. I have also stated many times that I watch different news networks. I realize that some lean towards the Democrats and others for the Republicans. I know I will be seeing biased or selective information on those networks. Therefore, by watching more than one, I get a better view of the entire picture.


Moreover, grassroots mobilization is essential for building a strong base of supporters and volunteers who can help with door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, and organizing campaign events. These volunteers play a crucial role in reaching out to voters, increasing voter turnout, and building momentum for the candidate's campaign.


In addition to these strategic elements, voter outreach is essential for engaging with the voters, understanding their concerns, and mobilizing their support. Candidates participate in town hall meetings, debates, and public forums to connect with voters, answer their questions, and address their issues. This direct interaction helps build trust and rapport with voters, demonstrating the candidate's commitment to representing their interests.


However, this has evolved into other issues. Ballot harvesting and ballot stuffing are just a few. Voter requirements such as no voter ID required create the potential for those who are NOT eligible to vote. Was this a problem decades ago? I do not believe it was as predominant as it is today. You cannot get a driver's license, get on a plane, buy a firearm, or do other things without an ID. Yet, you can vote without proper identification. Somewhere, I believe the logic behind this is missing. There used to be a time when only military personnel and people with proper doctor verification were able to mail in their votes. I am NOT against mail in voting, However, I do believe proper verification and identification is required. I can remember the days that by midnight of election day, we knew who our next president was. It is further my opinion that our system of voting is now flawed in many states. Do some states deliberately plan to operate this way?


We can all have our opinions. However, no one really knows for sure how many of the votes in the 2020 presidential election were invalid. With that said, there was enough doubt created, especially when people who had been deceased received balloons and someone voted for them in their name, to tell us that the system is flawed. This is one system that MUST be secure and accurate. Mistakes will always occur. That is the nature of any beast.

Therefore, political campaigns are dynamic and multifaceted endeavors that require a comprehensive strategy, effective communication, and a deep understanding of the voters and what they want. Successful campaigns are built on a strong foundation of message clarity, fundraising, advertising savvy, media relations, grassroots mobilization, and voter outreach. Fair elections are key to our democratic way of life and what our nation stands for and believes in.


TO BELIEVE OR NOT TO BELIEVE:


For us to take the word of any candidate, they must earn our trust. Have a positive track record, and above all, tell the truth. Too many people vote for someone because they like their smile or personality. Yes, they may have some value. However, at the end of the day, you do not eat with them, sleep with them, socialize with them, or directly interact with them. Therefore, our choices must be made based on who we believe will do the best job for the voters. Regardless of their or your political party.


In 2024, we have a big choice to make. The best part about this is that it is a bit easier if you look at the facts versus your personal feelings. I say this because we can compare the first four years with Donald Trump to the last four years under President Joe Biden. The main question is, under which administration were we better off? When was the nation stronger and in a better place? Both domestically and globally. We must understand that the left and the media will never accept Donald Trump. As President, if elected, he will need to do what he needs to do to get his message to the voters. It is a shame that our news media has become what it has when it comes to politics. They are being fair to the American people. This has what has caused great mistrust in the news media sector.


Many times, believing what someone tells you comes down to instinct and gut feelings. However, for many, it is difficult, at best, to remove their bias from the equation when they have to make a choice.


Americans are frustrated with many things that are going on in today's society and around the globe. Many can make promises, as they will, but only a few can keep them. Not every campaign promise will be kept. There are many other factors, such as getting things through the House and the Senate before they can be executed. Oftentimes, this comes with making a deal and, most of all, compromise. As the saying goes. "You can keep some of the people happy some of the time, but not all of the people happy all of the time."


Believing is about putting your faith and trust in someone. That is easier said than done. I, nor anyone else, can tell you who or who not to believe in. That is something you have to choose for yourself. People are different, and everyone comes to that conclusion in a different way. However, during election time, we should think about what is best for the nation and the many. Not just the one. Life is not always just about you.


IN CLOSING:

In conclusion, while believing what someone tells you can foster trust and connection in relationships, it is essential to approach information with a critical mindset. Critical thinking involves evaluating the credibility of the source, considering potential biases, and verifying the information before accepting it as truth. Blindly believing everything can leave individuals vulnerable to misinformation, manipulation, and betrayal. It is crucial to find the balance between trust and skepticism, allowing for openness while also maintaining a healthy level of skepticism. By practicing critical thinking and being mindful of the information we accept, we can navigate these choices and information more effectively, ultimately leading to more informed decision-making and healthier outcomes.


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Be safe, stay well, and focus on being happy. And remember to always:


Live with an open mind,

Live with an open heart,

Live your best life. 


Best Regards,


Caesar Rondina









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