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Yes, I’m already tired of the political elections too! It seems like these politicians have been running for the past 100 years rather than just the last year or so. What makes us so weary is the constant barrage on news and social media about whom we should vote for and why they (themselves) are the best candidates.

But is that really what we are getting from media? I think not. What is actually being disseminated is the ad hominine attacks—those comments and insults about the person rather than substantive issues. Trump says something about Cruz’s wife; Cruz says something about Kasich’s demeanor; Kasich says something about Cruz’s inability to tell the truth…it goes on and on. (I don’t pick on the Democrats here because their rhetoric has been rather decent -- conforming with generally accepted standards of respectable or moral behavior -- even without the contrast to the Republicans.)

It’s ancient stuff, my friends. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle supported rhetoric (persuasive argument) but warned that it could be used to confuse and promote mendacity if not practiced with an ethical code. Here, they were in opposition to the Sophists (a person who reasons with clever but fallacious arguments).

In other words, persuasive argument is an honorable and useful concept and practice if performed authentically. False facts and dishonest reasoning has ALWAYS been the insidious tool of the uninformed. So become INFORMED by doing your own research and vetting your sources. It doesn’t matter if you like or don’t like Donald Trump’s hairdo – it matters that he wants to violate the first amendment and discriminate based on religious beliefs…


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