American Politician's Guide to Getting Work Done
If you are like me, you are fed up with the politicians not getting work done (unless you consider childish arguing work ).
Everyone believes themselves to be correct; and somehow most politicians see exactly eye-to-eye with every member of their respective party on a given issue. To me, this shows a lack of critical thinking.
Now before going too much further, I am not under-playing the great tasks before them. Quite the contrary, the mountain of problems we expect our politicians to deal with is steep indeed. With climate change, tax policies that seem follow little or no logic, balancing security and freedom, balancing the budget and more; the work load is stacked indeed. The part where I begin to have a problem is where they flub the whole thing and get distracted with petty arguments.
I think it's time to call for some critical thinking (possibly even as part of a competency test just to run for office). My personal definition of critical thinking is as follows:
- Take the facts of a specific situation.
- Spend a minimum of a few minutes pondering it without exposure to outside influence or bias. Just sitting nice and quiet and really allowing yourself to explore it. Not exploit it to fit into your preconceptions, but really explore it.
- Then discuss the topic with a few people, at least one of which you would normally disagree with. And preferably one person that might suffer consequences of a decision being made.
- See what conclusion your efforts lead you to.
- And only after all of that, tell members of your same political party what you think and why.
So many political figures seem to take the easy way out and skip to that last part, forming a proxy opinion based on what the party leadership says. Continued on the next page