We recognize that not everybody is aware of the basic rules of debate. It isn’t exactly common knowledge for Filipinos to understand that appealing to one’s sense of pity or emotion does not constitute a valid defense against an accusation.
So why is it that politicians, who are expected to be at least smarter than the lowest common denominator, tend to usually be the first people to resort to these kinds of tactics? Well, that’s what we’re looking to find out right now,because it’s highly unlikely that every single one of these politicians are as stupid as they make themselves out to be.
Why It Works: If you keep saying enough times that “x issue matters more than my alleged corruption,” enough people begin to believe it – even if you clearly never even tried to deny your alleged corruption.
Why It Works: Who’s going to tell someone who is juggling a world-class boxing career with his professional basketball career and his horrific singing career that he should get back to his virtually non-existent lawmaking career? Who’s going to tell the guy with the insanely hot wife to go to work and make a bunch of laws instead of spending time with his insanely hot wife?
Why It Works: Unfortunately, there’s no love lost between the Filipino people and the previous administration, so it’s easy for us to keep agreeing when the blame is thrown their way, too.
Why It Works: All of a sudden, now, we’re talking about the other guy instead of the original topic. Hooray for wagging the dog!
Why It Works: It seems people love the underdog, and whenever someone successfully fools people into thinking that they are one, they suddenly gain the edge. Which doesn’t make sense, because how are you the underdog if you have the edge?!?
Why It Works: Do you really think the voting public cares about political correctness when they have hungry mouths to feed? It would appear that politicians appeal to the lowest common denonimator with these insipid tactics precisely because these are the tactics the lowest common denominator can appreciate and understand.
Why It Works: Human rights still exist, and it’s easier for a prominent person to rail against inhumane treatment and be heard than for random people who fell into the cracks of the system. Sad but true.
With a shirt that uncomfortably snug, maybe the Fashion Police should be the judge, instead.
Why It Works: Because bible bible God bible God. It really shouldn’t, yet for whatever reason, not a few people think that these politicians should totally be answerable only to God, even if it’s our tax money that got stolen and abused in the process.
You might think the average politician is being stupid when they say these things. It’s infuriating. It’s ridiculous. It’s downright illogical. Yet ultimately, it works. So who’s really being stupid in the end when these people get elected again and again?