Today's Philosophical Phriday topic is political. You can go ahead and leave now if you want, or stick with me for just a moment. I promise (hope) it won't get to heated.
You still here? Good.
I'm not asking you to tell me who your party is, or what candidate you are voting for. What I want to know is what influences your voting decision?
- How much does the media plays a part in your vote decision?
- Do the commercials inform you, hurt your candidate, help your candidate, or just make you hate the whole campaign process? (Guess what my answer is? Yeah, hate the whole campaign process.)
- Do you utilize one particular news source for information about your candidate? If so, what is it? CNN, MSNBC, NBC, FOX, CBS, John Stewart, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Time, Newsweek, your horoscope, what?
- Do you research info yourself? If so, what sources do you use?
- Do you vote a straight party ticket
- Are you registered with your party?
Again, I'm not asking you what your party is, who you are voting for etc. Please let's not turn this into my candidate is better than yours, or why one party is superior to the other. I'm curious as to your voting thought process.
Me? Well, I am not a registered party member. My reasoning is that I cannot completely align myself with one party. Also, I hate political commercials - HATE THEM. But I do have to say that if they are either 1 - absurd or 2 - about a topic I care about, they do prompt me to do further research on the candidates. I do dig the quizzes that are on the internet with questions about what is important to you and what your position is on those issues. It then compiles our answers and aligns you with the candidates. I've been surprised by the results a time or two. For news, I turn to NBC and MSNBC and of course John Stewart and Steven Colbert. (I understand that some news is slanted, but I use those sources because I enjoy the news anchors more. (I do sometimes cheat on NBC with the CBS Evening News because I heart Katie Couric.) And of course, The Daily Show and the Colbert Report are for entertainment purposes only. I've enjoyed it when the candidates are on those shows - they seem more real. I use the internet for my personal research, finding info from prior speeches or the candidates websites and whatnot. Of course, they change their minds a lot and back peddle, so that's always changing. Overall though, I'd say I go with my gut. Gather the info, think it over, and then shoot from the gut. And while every vote counts, does it really? Or is that a topic for another time?
Your turn. Talk it up. My inquiring mind wants to know.