Forty Percent Of The American Electorate Is Badly Misguided

In fact at least forty percent of any national electorate is badly misguided. Indeed, there are huge chunks of unsophisticated voters around the world who know little to nothing of the details of critical issues. You might call them bumper sticker votes, folks who only hear what candidates say but don’t seem to notice what they actually do.

1 There are the incurious who simply react according to their hardwired negative tribal impulses (xenophobes), no matter that it may amount to voting against their own self-interest.

2 There are the party conditioned voters who year in and year out vote for a particular party mostly out of habit.

3 There are those lured into voting for politicians who offer a quick fix with nothing of substance to back it up.

4 There are those egger to latch on to Politicians peddling exciting conspiracy theories rather than go with the boring truth.

5 There are those who can’t tell the difference between reality TV and real life and death politics. They simply want to be entertained by politicians.

6 And finally there are those lost souls desperately wishing to be deceived because the world as it really exists doesn’t fit their preferred fantasies. Evangelicals come to mind here.

In every case these voter traps represent the appeal of one Donald J. Trump. The world is never short of political dupes, at least forty percent of the electorate.

Please feel free to suggest more voter traps.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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