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Published:September 3rd, 2012 15:03 EST
Emotional Politics: "A Ploy for The Hearts and Minds of a Nation"

Emotional Politics: "A Ploy for The Hearts and Minds of a Nation"

By M. Quinn

With an estimated 20 million American`s unemployed or underemployed due to a stifled economy; coupled with college graduates who have found themselves being completely immersed in debt via their student loans, and are likewise unable to locate adequate employment; to  many home owners finding themselves living with the realization of being patently underwater i.e., (owing more on their homes then they originally paid for them); to the nations economy being entrenched in the proverbial toilet.  It remains a dismal commentary, that the most audacious approach that our nations leaders have arrived at to solve the social and economic woes of the day, is to engage in an exercise of emotional politics - in the form of finger pointing, name calling, and a range of character assassination tactics against one another; while attempting to gain the favor, and thus the votes of the American people. 

The repeated attacks from the GOP citing the illegitimacy of the president as an American citizen i.e. (the birther issue), is categorically designed to play on the emotions of those who are in disbelief that a black man is the President of the United States.

Moreover, referring to the president`s healthcare legislation as socialism - or as it is more aptly refer to; Afro-socialism, is likewise designed to invoke feelings of fear and rage in the hearts and minds of those who already feel that their country is slipping away from them.

Sadly enough, the Democrats have implemented their own version of fear mongering by calling the GOP presidential candidates past business practices heartless and uncaring; and citing his "alleged" failure to pay taxes. And now, the Vice President of the United States stating that the GOP want to put us back in chains - a clear reference to slavery.

These diversionary political tactics are emphatically designed to prey on the hearts and minds of a people; however, they do absolutely nothing to reconcile the nation`s unemployment rate, nor resolve a stagnant economy,

While the candidate`s for the 2012 campaign for the White House continue to play a game of emotional manipulation for their own political advancement, and use the voting public like pawns in a game of chess; both candidates merely reveal themselves as political opportunist who are more concerned about winning an election than correcting the socioeconomic course of America. And no one, from either side of the isle is demanding a cease-fire to this nonsensical political power struggle, nor are they calling for either candidate to present a genuine step-by-step strategy to get the American people back to work.

With unemployment staggeringly high, and the poverty rate in America now standing around 15% percent; neither candidate has come forth with an authentic strategy to effectively reverse the economy, but are merely using fear tactics at the expense of the America people for their own political expediency.

Although these types of underhanded tactics are nothing new within the scheme of any political system; we must demand more from our elected officials than diversionary politics, and likewise insist that they offer genuine solutions - not watered-down political rhetoric or mind manipulation techniques; and begin to address the urgent economic concerns of the day.

The American people are currently in dire straits with not being able to find any viable or sustainable employment - not to mention the devastatingly high price of gas, food and living expenses. It is time that our nations leaders listen to; and thus address, the hardships and economic plight of the country.

We must demand that the individuals vying for the highest office in our nation cease with the petty back and forth - like grade school kids running for class president, rather than the President of the United States; while using a strategy of fear to harness our collective votes.

It is imperative that the 2012 presidential candidate`s genuinely begin to articulate their strategy to address the social and economic quandary which continues to plague the American people.

M. QUINN is a freelance journalist and activist born in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Author of the books; Removing the Veil, and RECOMPENSE A Matter of Human Rights.

He is also the Founder of the Campaign to Remove the Veil"; which advocates incorporating a comprehensive study of racism into the American educational system as a core curriculum.. He specializes in social, political, and historical analysis and commentary.



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