Thomas Anderson

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Negative campaigning hurts Humanity: No one disagrees? Then why are people voting?

A man running for president says about another person "he, ran to lead, decided to follow, now he just needs to get out of the way"

These people are supposed to be role models? Wow, let's teach our children how to be mean to each other, step on others, spin their words, find out how to bring others down, oppress people, suppress others, be narcissistic, egotistical,
and flat out lie. Heck, let's all fight for power and control. Let's make sure others lose, feel crappy about themselves, and have to fight for scraps. Step on as many people as you can. Don't share unless it makes you look good, cheat whenever you can get away with it, and learn how to play dirty.

My 13-year-old daughter has no respect for people who mudsling. I do not blame her.

I really want to throw the mud back, but then I wouldn't be a good role model. (Also, I don't have the position, influence, or mud)

Why is no one disagreeing with me? The men doing the negative campaigning are still being voted for? What is wrong with this picture TED ? (thanks)

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    Feb 2 2012: I feel like this goes back to a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. basically humanity has a choice... We can choose to live a moral good life which very well may not lead to money or fame. We have to see the beauty in each moment as a humble person. The other side of the coin I feel is better explained by Martin while it is a little out of context I think violence and hate are the fabric of mudslinging...

    "Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. The old law of an eye for an eye leaves everybody blind. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Feb 3 2012: Negative anything hurts humanity. Negative words have negative impacts.
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    Feb 10 2012: "Wow, let's teach our children how to be mean to each other, step on others, spin their words, find out how to bring others down, oppress people, suppress others, be narcissistic, egotistical,
    and flat out lie. Heck, let's all fight for power and control. "

    Well, isn't that the definition of modern politics?

    You know why mudslinging and dirty tactics work? Because they're efficent, because they intrigue the people more than a "fair fight" could ever do.

    Paradoxally, a politician who built his image upon criticizing and attacking other politicians (deserving or not) is granted the status of "clean, uncorrupted, a man of morals". People don't want reasonable persuasion from politicians, people want to see radical thinking and immediate action. People don't need to be shown a true leader, people need to be shown their "common enemy", thus rallying themselves under the one who points the "enemy" out as opposed to rationally evaluating every candidate and making a choice based on that analysis.
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    Feb 4 2012: I pretty much agree with you... but, what seems even sadder to me, is that many of these negative adds are true... and we still vote for these people.
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      Feb 4 2012: I think it is worse that we actually vote for the mudrakers. We teach kids that is the way to get to the top.
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        Feb 4 2012: Well... That argument only makes sense if they aren't both muckrakers... By the way... Muckraker, is a bad choice of words, "The Jungle" was written by a muckraker, and it stopped there from being human hands in our hot dogs.
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    Feb 1 2012: I guess the opposing opinion to your question must be that calumny, slander, and muckraking in the political arena does not hurt, or maybe even helps, humanity. Tough sell. Let's see what happens Mr. Anderson. Thanks for the topic.
  • Feb 9 2012: Mudslinging happens because voters respond to mudslinging. The politicians are not the problem. Politicians are created by the body politic. To help correct the situation it's incumbent on each of us to respond with equal outrage to negativity by those we agree with as well as those with whom we disagree. Another problem exists because one person's mudslinging is another man's rational evaluation. Is Obama a "socialist"? Was Bush an "idiot"? Are liberals lazy and naive? Are conservatives callous and selfish? I suggests that everyone wants more or less the same things. We simply disagree on how best to achieve them. As long as we define the political process as adversarial rather than cooperative, we're going to see more of the same. How about voting for candidates who demonstrate a willingness to find common solutions and a skill set to make it happen?