Which candidate and party to vote for? Who supports public schools for all? Who opposes high stakes testing and corporate education reform? Who supports raising the minimum wage? Who supports food stamps for the working poor and their children? Who voted against sane regulations for the banking industry such as the Dodd-Frank Act
Democrat (D) and/or Republican (R)?
“Wish I could have been there. Would have loved to have asked him (Patrick Murphy, ex-Republican US Representative and present Democratic US Senate candidate) about why he voted recently with Republicans to cut food stamps by $90 a month for poor people, to pass CISPA, to set up the House Benghazi panel, or to gut minimum coverage requirements for the ACA, or reduce restrictions on for-profit universities. Or, well, all the other awesome Republican bills that have come forward and earned his strong support. He’s come a long way since maxing out donations to Mitt Romney in 2008 and other GOP candidates and then joining the Democratic Party right before the 2012 qualifying period. It’s great to have him with us, really it is. Maybe he’ll be Florida’s next Senator?”
– Joe Pishgar, former Democratic candidate for Brevard County, FL Commissioner
In Florida, we have just experienced the insanity of running our last Republican Governor Charlie Crist as the Democratic candidate for governor. Crist was the protege of ex-Governor Jeb Bush (R). Crist, of course, lost.
“Kudos to Florida Democratic Senatorial Candidate Patrick Murphy (recent-R) for raising a ton of money this last quarter, mostly from the banking industry – go get ’em, Pat! In completely unrelated news, we just hit the six month anniversary of Patrick Murphy’s vote to dismantle the Dodd-Frank financial regulations on banking institutions and derivatives markets. Neat!”
– Joe Pishgar
What makes this shift in party labeling insane? This form of double-think is unhealthy for all involved who realize the corrupting financial truth behind it all.
Why would anyone pretend that a thing is not the thing? Why would anyone do things that deny reality? Why would people do something that is against their own personal well-being?
Doing this this causes cognitive dissonance and delusional behavior that in turn create mental and emotional distress.
This delusional behavior has today caused mass delusional behavior which is dangerous for each individual’s mental health and society’s collective sanity.
“Cognitive dissonance is the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time, or is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.
Because of this, people engage in a process called dissonance reduction to bring their cognitions and actions in line with one another. This creation of uniformity allows for a lessening of psychological tension and distress.
A key tenet of cognitive dissonance theory is that those who have heavily invested in a position may, when confronted with disconfirming evidence, go to greater lengths to justify their position.
Dissonance is felt when people are confronted with information that is inconsistent with their beliefs. If the dissonance is not reduced by changing one’s belief, the dissonance can result in restoring consonance through misperception, rejection or refutation of the information, seeking support from others who share the beliefs, and attempting to persuade others.”
Try not to be persuaded by others to ignore reality and pretend that a candidate has the qualities that the candidate does not actually possess. In today’s world, this may not be as easy as it seems. If a political party chooses to run a candidate who has financial backing but opposing party platform views, it is a form of self corruption. If neither of two candidates possesses necessary qualities, seek or create people who have those qualities in the next election or the next.
Don’t create cognitive dissonance in your own mind or the minds of your friends by pretending reality is something it is not.
If neither candidate supports public schools for all or opposes high stakes testing and corporate education reform, admit it. Admit all truths, good and bad, about every candidate.
Your mental well being is at stake. Our society’s well being is at stake.