Before You Go Into the Voting Booth #2

There are numerous “guides” that give advice on “How to Judge a Candidate.”Smartvoter.org provides seven steps to help one in this process.“For some reason,” one step in particular caught my attention.It is called, “Seeing through distortion techniques” and it lists several such “techniques.”Among them:Name calling/Appeals to prejudice.Rumor mongering.Guilt by association.Catchwords:These are phrases such as “Law and Order” or “un-American” that are designed to trigger a knee-jerk emotional reaction rather than to inform.Passing the blame:These are instances in which a candidate denies respons…

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