Sunday, September 14, 2008

How to Pick a President 101

This is the first in a three part series of articles on how to pick a President. I have been amazed at the number of Americans that I have run into that do not know the basics of how to pick a President. This series are for those folks, and those of you, like me, who keep running into people who need a quick how to pick a President tune up from the neck up. So, come share what you know and learn what you don't.

2008 is a critical and historic Presidential election year and we need all hands on deck, with sufficient political literacy to make an informed judgment that moves our country forward.

There are two forms of logic used to make a decision regarding a person's choice for President. Inductive logic is the most common one. It uses the If - Then model. The other form of logic is deductive logic; it uses the form Statement, Major premise, Minor premise. What is important to note at this point regarding election logic, is that the decision logic most voters use is subjective. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you are being objective. You are voting, you and your families self interest, and that is how it should be.

Inductive Logic is pretty straight forward; here are three example of this subjective process. If you like the person then you vote for them. If you think the person has the same values as you do then you vote for them. If you think a party has the same values or that the party’s values are closest to yours then you vote for that party. This form of decision making can be highly emotional and your cultural orientation will no doubt play a large role in inductive decision making. You should also note that this is the type of decision making that is most easily influenced by Cultural Poisoning.

This is a right brain activity and all of us use this form of decision making. What is important to remember at this point, is that inductive logic is just a starting point in decision making. Deductive logic is necessary to verify that your inductive decision/reasoning is in agreement with reality.

Deductive logic has three steps instead of two. The objective of utilizing deductive logic in a political process is to determine for yourself, is the statement of a given politician is true or false. Of all the people in the world that make statements, I probably trust the statements of Politicians and Lawyers the least. However, their statements like everyone else’s can be tested. This is the form the test takes.

Political Statement - I will implement Universal Health Care

Major Premise - Voting record

Minor Premise - Associations

This is how it works. If the persons voting record and their historic associations are consistent (True) with their statement, then their political statement is most likely true. If either premise is false the statement is less likely to be true. What is important to remember here, is that a candidate’s statement is only important in so far as it directly relates to your personal interests as expressed by your Top Three Issues.

How do you employ this information as a practical matter in your decision making regarding your vote in November. At the most basic level you use the Top Three Issues model. Step one, write down your Top Three Political Issues, (Top three things you want the next president to accomplish and why. here are my Top Tree as an example.

Top Three Issues (Basic)
2008 Presidential Election

1. Universal Sick Care, USC in 4 (Pro-life for grownups)
2. End the Iraq War, in 30 days (Use money at home)
3. Green Moon Shot, in 10 years (fix economy and form the future)

Key: They should include your personal self-interests and what you think is important for the Nation's best interests.

Step two; apply Inductive logic - Which candidate and party do you like?
Step Three; apply deductive logic - Which candidate’s statements as the leader of his party most closely matches your Top three?

It step 2 and 3 match up, your decision is made and your reasoning should be very clear to you and anyone you talk to. If they do not match up something is wrong and you need to figure out what, and fix it, so you can make a clear well informed logical decision regarding the Presidency of the United States of America.

Your task, should you decide to accept, is to write down your TOP THREE ISSUES as a comment executing this 123 process for yourself to see what you get.

This was part 1 of 3 of How to elect a President. Next Sunday I will put up part 2 of 3 How to Elect a President 102

You might have noticed the one thing missing in this article was the elephant in the room, the Nation’s Cultural Health. Well the reality is, the 2008 election’s monkey wrench question, is Cultural Health. That is, will Americans vote on the issues, or on “race”, gender and age? What is your answer? The truth is, only you know or think you know and you will probably only tell yourself.

If you have the testicular fortitude, you can test yourself for racism, sexism and ageism by clicking here. You might tell me anything, but you should tell yourself the truth. Your country needs you to be part of the solution not part of the problem.

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