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Jun 03

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Politics Go Down

A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Politics Go Down
by J. A. Gedra

Do you remember the time when you disagreed with someone about politics until they started yelling at you and calling you names, so you changed your mind to their position? Of course you do not, because that has never happened. Despite its failure as a debate tactic on cable news, chat rooms, and Facebook, people continue to yell like a banshee and hurl slurs, like monkeys hurl feces at the zoo, towards those that oppose them. When will people learn that acting like a jerk is not an effective means to persuade others? When a person hates Kenny G music, turning up the volume of one of the G man’s songs will not convince a hater to buy tickets to his next concert. It will simply cause them to hate even more.

No one likes to be yelled at or demeaned. The minute a debater turns spiteful, the audience immediately tunes them out. It is as if the Get Smart Cone of Silence has descended upon the listeners, and they are now deaf to all arguments. The only thing the audience observes is how ridiculous the irate speaker appears as they become further turned off by the messenger and message they are failing to communicate.

When people are debating, they need to be less like Attila the Hun, invading out of the East and slaughtering all that come across their path, and more like Mary Poppins. Politics is much like medicine; it can be a tough pill to swallow, but once it is consumed, a person is better for it. The key to medication compliance is convincing people to take it, and the key to political debate is to persuade people to listen. Mary Poppins rightfully pointed out that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. Similarly, political discourse needs a little sugar to help people get down with politics.

In politics, the sugar is added to the message via humor. If the reader doubts this assertion, they should look at their friends social media habits. Are they more likely to share an article that is hated or one that makes them laugh? Whether it is the Daily Show, political cartoons, or other forms of political satire, people like to laugh. When humor is woven into politics, people are more likely to listen and hence learn about political issues. This is why New Voice For Politics was created to a year ago to specifically educate 18 – 40 year-olds about economics and politics through the use of humor. This has led to readers learning about marginal utility by proposing to someone with a cup of water, the “greater good” via Valentine’s Day ideas gone amiss, the effects of raising the minimum wage on fast food workers, how military spending is related to what people pay in taxes, and the futility of drug testing welfare recipients.  The point was not to make people Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Green, but to help educate the next generation to make informed decisions.

After the first year of New Voice For Politics, the political world has not completely changed, but some humor has been added. In the coming year, more people will be encouraged to submit original work as well as share this entertaining online newsletter with friends. Hopefully in the end, people will experience some joy and learn a little about economics and politics.

If you wish to spread the joy and knowledge of New Voice For Politics, please share this article, encourage your friends to like the Facebook page, or add their email to the subscriber list for this free newsletter.

 

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