If you think the Democrats have a hold on the midterm elections for Congress, think again. The Grand Old Party is not going to lose so easily. Here’s a small lesson to keep in mind to make sure that they, or any other powermongering beast will lose.
“It ain’t over until the Fat Lady sings” is a favourite saying in the United States, and nothing comes closer to it than the outcome of the US midterm elections for Congress. For weeks now, many US media outlets have been pouncing their fingers on polls which apparently show Democrats gaining a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, judging from reports like these, there is no reason whatsoever to think or even believe that the Republicans are not going to do anything and everything possible to do what they, errr, are ‘good’ at in your district.
In fact, it is quite conceivable that the GOP will retain its majority in Congress (yes, that’s both houses) simply because they can. With all the redistricting, or gerrymandering that has gone on in the past years, I wouldn’t be surprised if the American voter gets conned again.
But then again, if you’re a sane American, why would you take any GOP ads seriously after having read this here story? It’s truly revolting. But then, who or what is revolting? The fact that GOP politicians get away with it because the average American voter is possibly too dumb to take such ads for what they are – true bile? Or the fact that GOP politicians simply know that their voters are so dumb that they’ll believe anything the politicians say? So:
- Learn. Go on, (re)take those history classes.
- Read. Yes, you read it correctly: read! Go to your library or hit the internet and look for classics like ‘1984’ by George Orwell or ‘A Brave New World’ by Alduous Huxley, to name just two. In fact, if you’re a real hero, read Homer’s ‘Odysee’ or Macchiavelli’s ‘The Prince’ or any book describing Roman rule and you’ll be right on top of things in no time.
- Educate. OK, that’s a combination of the above two. But still!
- But above all: don’t believe the hype! If someone comes at you trying to canvass your vote, put him or her at arm’s length and ask him/her for a flyer laying out his/her political platform. Then turn him/her away and turn off your television. If you can’t do that, then make sure to turn the sound off or not look when there’s a political ad on. Then, when his/her term is up, dig up that flyer again and see how he/she has lived up to his/her promises. If he/she hasn’t, you know what to do in the voting booth next time!
It’s that simple, people.
Communicatiestrateeg en schrijver van het boek ‘Megafoonpolitiek‘. Op Twitter te vinden als @kajleers. Politiek bewust, voormalig financieel-economisch journalist, muziekmaker, professionele kletskous, schrijver. Geeft ook social media-trainingen, denkt graag met je mee over communicatiestrategie. En ja, content is en blijft King.