In The Land Of “True Believers”!
I have a couple of friends that are supporters of Trump…they are die hard believers.
I ask why and usually get the same answer ….”he has done what he promised on the campaign trail”….
Then I ask what exactly has he done?
The first reaction is….”he beat Clinton”……(really? A good sled dog would have beaten Clinton)…..
So I got to wondering just what makes one a Trump “true believer”…..and Salon provided me with an answer so I did not have to give myself a migraine trying to understand…..
When Donald Trump gave the commencement address at Liberty University this spring, he told the graduates that “America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers.” Trump argued that, in America, “we don’t worship government; we worship God.”
After reading the article I still do not completely understand the blind obedience of his supporters.
Maybe if we can understand why the country is so divided……
In research that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the current political climate in the US, a new study discovered that supporters of either candidate in the last Presidential election were more likely to accept new data if it agreed with their desired outcome.
They recruited more than 800 individuals and had each indicate who they wanted to see win the 2016 Presidential election, as well as who they believed would win. Afterwards, each participant was presented with new information that was either consistent or inconsistent with their desired outcome, and again asked which candidate they believed would ultimately win the election.What they found, the authors explained, is that the participants were more likely to update their predictions if the information was consistent with their desired outcome, and were less likely to change their beliefs if the data was inconsistent with their preferred result.
It is all so confusing…..
Could it be as simple as American politics is just screwed up?
Off I go……a cold beer and some cheese dip awaits…..have a day and please come back tomorrow…..be well, be safe…..chuq