Belief Perseverance and Politics1 min read

It’s amazing how subtle and easy it is to create an initial version of someone that is nearly impossible to rewrite.

It’s very easy to label someone and have that label stick. For instance, merely asking someone a question will bias those with no other information about that person. If someone asks someone else “are you racist?” and that is the only information you have, the person being asked will more than likely seem racist to you. They would need to provide a very convincing defense that shows they are not.

It’s very effective in politics to label your opponent something and have it be something that is hard to refute. “Crooked Hillary” works extremely well. It starts the conversation from the point of having to explain that you are not crooked.

Obviously, the Democratic party prides itself on not taking the low road. However, it would be super effective to ask questions during a campaign. Questions were asked in media stops, but it never really took hold in the national conversation.

I’d ask questions and push for answers on things like the below:

  • Does Donald Trump inspire racism on purpose?
  • Does Donald Trump believe he will empower women who are rape victims to stand up to their accusers?
  • Does Donald Trump believe that having bankrupted so many companies makes him a successful business man?
Questions are just as powerful as accusations. And we know that accusations are as powerful as statements of fact as long as people don’t have prior information. Make your political opponent start from a bad position, if that is what they are doing to you.

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