Yes, by all means, vote!

An acquaintance who said, “I voted Red!” was immediately bashed for sharing her opinion. The individual said, “Nobody cares. A vote is private. JUST VOTE ????
 
Here’s my response:
 
OUTSTANDING!
 
As for the individual, in case you haven’t noticed, the United States Constitution, specifically our First Amendment, recognizes, empowers, and protects the right of everyone in our nation to choose to make public their vote by any and every means at their disposal.
 
She is exercising her Constitutional rights. With all due respect, your attempt to get her to stop exercising her Constitutional rights is prime example of what’s wrong with the Democrat Party today: It’s ok for others to have opinions, but only so long as their opinions match yours.
 
On June 3, 2014, Senate Democrats took the first steps to rewrite the First Amendment. They claimed, “the foundations of democracy are threatened.”
 
It wasn’t just one of them. Fully Forty-Three Senate Democrats sponsored the amendment! That was nearly all of them, if not actually all of them.
 
This is the party you’re supporting, a party that routinely steps on YOUR Constitutional rights and freedoms every time it suites their pathetic craving to remain in control. The idea that we are “a government of the people, by the people, for the people” (A. Lincoln) is abhorrent to them. They have no respect for differences of opinion, precisely evidenced by Pelosi hushing a junior senator who “dared” to clap at President Trump’s State of the Union Address — as members of Congress and Supreme Court Justices have always done.
 
It’s rather sickening to watch people blinding voting Democrat like they’ve always done without realizing, understanding, or accepting the Democrat party of today is a vast departure from where it was just fifty years ago. I’d have voted for John F. Kennedy in a heartbeat. Any of today’s Democrats, however, engage in detestable, if not reprehensible practices.
 
We’ve always been a great nation. Now we have liberals chanting, “America was never great!” in the streets, despite the fact that most economic records have been absolutely shattered over the last nearly two years.
 
Democrats holding resolutely to their ideals cannot for the life of them figure out why. The rest of us are celebrating the rebirth of our great nation under non-idealistic policies that actually work.
 
And that’s a GOOD thing.
 
See you at the polls.
 
By the way, I’m voting RED. Why? Because I’m a Republican? No. Because I’ve studied business for 35 years and have three degrees, two masters in the field, so I know WHY our economy is doing so well.
 
I’m watching one news clip after another as shown in Death of a Nation as countless liberal news persons, celebrities, and others absolutely lost their minds.
 
Democrats may very well take the House this time around. They may take the Senate. But if they do it’s because people voted. And if they don’t, it will be for precisely the same reason: people voted. Before you vote, however, I simply encourage you to vote for what works, rather than some failed ideal. Vote reality.
 
And have a nice day. 🙂

Lesser of Two Evils Fallacy

This morning I came across yet another shining example of the Lesser of Two Evils Fallacy.  This fallacy’s premise is simple:  “When you vote for the Lesser of Two Evils Fallacylesser of two evils, evil always wins.”  On the face of it, that has a ring of truth, doesn’t it?  Yet only very shallow thinkers stop there and run with it, or spend all day coming up with cool-looking graphics like this one from Freedom Info.  Those who bother to think just a bit deeper might say, “Well, no.  If people vote for the lesser of two evils, then the lesser evil wins.”  And now, we’re finally getting somewhere.  But the truth is actually a good deal more profound, as we shall soon see!

I call this a fallacy because it’s based on a faulty premise and employs faulty logic.  According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a fallacy is “a false or mistaken idea.”  More accurately, it’s “an often plausible argument using false or invalid inference.  Furthermore, the term plausible only means that it is “appearing worthy of belief.”  Something that’s plausible may look good on the surface, but such superficial appearance can be deceptive, and conveys absolutely no warranty whatsoever about the actual state of affairs under the hood.  Things might be good, they might be bad, or in the case of the Lesser of Two Evils Fallacy, we find they’re dead wrong.

As Dr. Jeremy E. Sherman notes in Psychology Today, the Lesser of Two Evils fallacy is “actually the lesser of two disappointing choices.”  He notes how we apply the lesser of two evils rule in many areas of our lives, yet reject it completely when we head to the poles.  The problem comes down to consumerism.  When it comes to products and services, we have a cornucopia from which to choose, but in elections, it often comes down to just two people, neither of whom floats out boat.  As a result, we’re so disappointed in the the choices that we tend to throw the baby out with the bathwater, meaning we see the entire process as evil because it fails to produce more palatable choices.  I have a sneaking suspicion this phenomenon is great exacerbated by the media constantly poisoning the well against one candidate, the other, or in some cases, both candidates in their money-grubbing clawing for ratings and advertising revenue taking precedence over objective journalism.

In his rather insightful article, “Fallacy Detective: Three Assumptions Made by ‘Lesser of Two Evils’ Voters,” Tobin Duby correctly identifies errant assumptions and the logical fallacies committed by those making the assumptions:

The “Lesser of Two Evils” reasoning fails to differentiate the person from his policies.  Fallacy: Red Herring, Ad Hominem.  Most people vote for politicians based on how they perceive their personal character, and not based on their actual policies or voting record.  As Duby notes, moral character is important, but competence is just as important.  A good man can bankrupt the nation just as fast as a bad man if neither one does the right things.

The “Lesser of Two Evils” reasoning restricts the argument to the current presidential term.  Fallacy: Framing the Debate.  Put simply, this falsely assumes both candidates will be on the ballot four years from now.  As Duby notes, “By framing the debate, [voters] are accepting a lesser good now and rejecting a greater good later.”

The “Lesser of Two Evils” reasoning assumes that there are only two options.  Fallacy: Exigency, Either/Or.  Again, put simply, voting requires both moral and practical decisions, yet the Lesser of Two Evils fallacy only considers the moral aspects.  From a practical standpoint, if there are only two candidates, then there are only two candidates!  Pick one.  You can either pick the candidate you think would do more good for the nation or you can pick the candidate you think would do less harm to the nation.

The problem with most people who buy into the “Evil Always Wins” fallacy is they view both candidates as poor choices, yet refuse to accept responsibility for minimizing damage.  That’s like a homeowner, seeing his house on fire opting to do nothing because the greater evil is that his home burns to the ground but the lesser evil is that his home winds up half-burned and neither option is acceptable to him so he does nothing.  It’s irrational, and to the extreme.

Interestingly enough, I just presented two different arguments.  Did you catch the difference?

The first says “when you vote for the lesser of two evils, evil always wins” is a logical fallacy.

The second says, “voting for the lesser of two evils” is a logical fallacy.

Well…  Which is it?

To answer that question, we really need to examine reality itself, namely, the three situations where we see this meme appear in federal elections.

First, here’s a situation we are very unlikely to see:  When we have multiple candidates favored by many people in both parties.  If Tom, Dick, and Harry ran, and all three were independents of good moral character and promising platforms, and they appealed roughly equally to both conservatives and liberals, we would never see the “…Evil Always Wins” meme.  That meme is only pushed forward by those who see both candidates as evil, and then, only by those who do not understand the nature of their logical fallacy.  Even so, the meme will still surface, as some people will see only two plausible options, both evil, or they may see all three as evil.

Second Situation:  Two candidates, one from each major political party.  The meme will surface.

Third Situation:  Three candidates, one from each major political party, and one who is either independent or running on a third party ticket.  The meme will surface.

So you see, regardless of whether we have just one candidate, two candidates, or even three or more candidates, we will always see this logically fallacious meme, for the simple reason that some people, ignorant of reality and the way things actually work, will see the one, two, or three or more candidates as being evil, and will employ this meme as their way of avoiding responsibility to minimize the damage by actually selecting the best (or least worst) candidate.

If there were more people who thought deeply, instead of people who avoid responsibility, we would undoubtedly have a better selection of candidates!

Replace the Electoral College with Popular Plus Half County

If the Dems writhe in agony over the Electoral College, just wait until they get a load of what I just proposed to my Congressional Representative for consideration by our predominantly Republican Congress!
 
Instead of an electoral college, I propose we shift to a mix of the popular vote combined with county representation, with each county having a proportionate share, not of the popular vote, but of the population of American Citizens.
 
Here’s how this would work:
 
There are 3,007 counties in the U.S. The United States is estimated to have a population of 327,589,916 as of April 23, 2018, making it the third most populous country in the world (1). That’s 108,942 votes per county, so half that comes to 54,471 votes.
 
In addition to however many popular votes are given directly to the candidates, whatever candidate a county’s popular votes favor would also receive an additional 54,471 votes.
 
I call it Popular plus Half County, but you can call it Half-Baked, if you’d like.
 
The primary benefit is that it would greatly encourage people to get out and vote in order to minimize the effect of the county votes.
 
The secondary benefit is that like the Electoral College, it would wrest control of our nation from the largely homogeneous but largely ignorant people congregating in mega-cities like Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York, people who usually decide issues based on what they can get out of it instead of what’s good for the nation as a whole. Only more so. In fact, it would largely undermine their vote. The Demoncrap vote. The liberal vote. The ignorant vote.
 
It’s actually a litmus test. You see, if a Democrat or liberal reads this, their heads have probably exploded by now. If they haven’t, and they’ve read this far, then perhaps there’s hope for them, yet.
 
(1) “Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2016 – 2016 Population Estimates”. U.S. Census Bureau.