7 Ways To Talk To Trump Voters So Democrats Flip The House And Senate In 2018
From the trivial to the monumental, after we humans make decisions… getting us to go from one position say: “Trump voter” — to its opposite, “Trump hater” – is nearly impossible. Same goes for Antivaxxers. And Climate Change Deniers. We’re even steadfast in our mundane choices. Big Mac eaters wouldn’t dare touch a Whopper. And Coke drinkers would sooner die of dehydration than even lick a Pepsi can covered with condensation.
So, the question is: Why do we cling so tightly to previously made choices? After-all, we’re all sentient, right? We have highly developed cognitive function… shouldn’t our thought process be open to reason, evidence and facts that contradict previously held positions?
In a word: NO!
A growing mountain of scientific evidence indicates that what liberals call “facts”, “truth”, “evidence”, “logic” and “reason” are really just meaningless individual-colored pixels to our brain… that only become a consequential picture…AFTER they are processed, considered and organized by our feelings. And not just feelings. Data is also filtered and interpreted through our life experiences, cultural affiliation, our memories and instincts.
And the reason some people see information as a fact and others as say “fake news” is that people don’t process raw data the same way. Here… take a look at these jumbled up letters: PMUD STRDA CKSOLNU
Given to a Trump voter to unscramble, you might get the words:
Postcard Dunk Slum
Give the same data, the same neutral inputs, the same letters to a “Never Trump” voter, and you might get the words:
…Donald Trump Sucks.
Same letters. Different words. Now, replace these “letters” with different data…and you begin to see how two people can simultaneously look at an Oval Office dumpster fire…and one wants to put it out…the other wants to roast marshmallows, add more gasoline and then point a guilty finger at some brown person from a shithole country.
If we liberals are going to win elections in 2018, we MUST understand how Republicans process what we say. There’s no point in bringing them an MP4 file, if all they’ve got to listen to music is that old Juke Box down at Rosie’s diner.
So, why do we cling to our opinions, especially political ones, like a Kardashian clinging to a video camera?
A few reasons: First, there are just some voters who like Trump. Hashtag build the wall. Second, to one degree or another, human brains prefer that we act consistently. The chaos born from being wishy-washy is too much work.
So, for some people, the brain has adapted to look for shortcuts, because the brain’s gotta do a lot simultaneously: regulate the heart, manage the circulatory system, inhale oxygen, exhale CO2, process information like the distance to the car in front of you as you drive, remember the lyrics to the song that just came on the radio and respond to a text from your wife. So, the brain sometimes looks for short cuts. And for some people, their brain’s decided that if they liked Trump yesterday, they like him today and they’re gonna like him next week.
Here’s the thing: the brain’s desire for consistency kicks the shit out of logic, fact and reason. Consistent choices also lead to a more frictionless acceptance by whatever community a person chooses to belong to… Be it civic, religious or cultural…and it better ensures our safety and survival.
It’s why Ted Nugent would stick out like a turd in the punchbowl at a PTA meeting on Manhatten’s upper west side. There, parents stop a meeting to talk about their kid’s peanut allergy, gluten free lunch options, and new anti-bullying measures… Meanwhile, Ted Nugent hears all this, and wants to shoot up the place like he’s Yosemite Sam.
Same thing would happen, only in reverse, if Barbara Streisand were asked to make a series of Global Warming announcements to the Gathering Of The Juggalos.
Evolutionarily, organized groups have allowed humans to thrive. A cohesive group – is a strong group. A strong group can exert its dominance over a weaker group. When some people feel threatened physically, economically or culturally, community bonds strengthen and for some, social support is way more important …than knowing the truth about their healthcare or who is really going to pay for a border wall with Mexico. Plus, we all have an inherent distrust of information that runs counter to what we already “know.” So, to one degree or another, we avoid it.
Also, there are some choices people make, like who to vote for, that are so powerful, they become “a part of them.” And any questioning of that choice…feels like a personal attack. Which must be defended. By calling the opposition a cuck or snowflake.
NOW: It is possible to change people’s minds about issues and ideas. Look at cigarettes and gay marriage. But, what if you don’t have 50 years? What if you need to change people’s minds right now?
Here’s a few ways that science thinks you can change people’s minds:
- Talk to people in groups. As individuals, our will is nearly impervious. HOWEVER, because we are social, evolutionarily, cooperating in groups resulted in a higher likelihood of survival. Meaning: if one person begins to come around, others will be more inclined.
- You can also ask people to specifically explain why they’re in favor or against a particular thing. If they say they’re against Obamacare, ask them to very specifically explain the elements they don’t like and the negative consequences associated with it.
- Then, have them try and use the same detail as they propose an alternative. You’ll notice that if people can’t articulate their objection, their resolve weakens, too.
- If you’re discussing politics on facebook, for example, use different words in your response to a post, that way people have to pay closer attention.
- Remain calm. Don’t call people asshole.
- Don’t ask rhetorical questions.
- Notice that people who use the word “I” are more open to new ideas than people who use the word “We”. “We” suggests the person is speaking for their group.
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