Thursday, August 4, 2011

Propaganda in the Cherokee Nation Election

Propaganda is the art of persuasion - persuading others that your 'side of the story' is correct. ~~~ Be careful what you believe. Research everything yourselves.
Any time there is an election, of any sort, we are bound to hear a little propaganda. The same is true for the current election for principal chief of the Cherokee Nation. I'll admit, I fell for some of it for a while---until I started doing some research on my own and I started talking to some Cherokee people who are not going to vote in the election. I started to feel sick to my stomach. I wondered how I, an educated woman who reads and researches and studies, could be blindly pulled into one side without actually doing my own research and making my own decision. I really have no excuse, but I can, at least, rest assured that I snapped out of it before the new election takes place.

When I tried to share some of the things I had found with my facebook friends who apparently also fell victim to the same propaganda I did, well, it wasn't received very well. Not only was I cussed and sent nasty private messages, I was also unfriended by a few people. Then I became a topic of discussion for a few days in their private groups being called a traitor, a turncoat and all sorts of other things. These people were what I would call extremists and even though what I discovered was true, they would not hear of it. In no way, shape or form would they believe one negative thing about their chosen candidate.

Now don't get me wrong, I also received quite a few private messages supporting me in my quest to share the truth. Some people were happy they had more information and could make a more informed vote. Others said they were my friend no matter what. These were the more open minded people who realize no one is perfect and even though there might be negative with both candidates, we do have to pick one or the other.

Anyway, in my last post to this blog, I said I would be sharing some personal experiences people have had with the two candidates. I have decided it is probably better if I don't. I have been told if I reveal some of the things I have learned, then I could potentially sway the vote in one direction and therefore, I would be hurting the Cherokee elders and the Cherokee poor who desperately need help and no way in hell do I want to do that. Because of this, I will also not be sharing the things I have learned since researching the two candidates on my own.

So, my advice to you -- if you are a voter in the Cherokee Nation who wants to know the truth about either candidate -- is to do your own research and then decide for yourself who you do or don't want to vote for. Talk to the people who have decided not to vote and ask them why. Do whatever you need to do in order to learn about the candidates and how they were before all this election business started. Please don't believe everything you hear. Remember, the purpose of propaganda is to persuade people into believing what one wants them to believe. It is most effective "at those times when we are too lazy to think for ourselves." Do not fall victim to it. Think for yourself.

Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.

The Granddaughter
copyright 2011, Polly's Granddaughter - TCB

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