Happy California Primary Day!
If you read nothing beyond this sentence then I have just one point to make: are you voting for a person or are you voting for a principle?
My main goal this primary season and election cycle is not to argue policy or ram down the throats of my readers the reasons my candidate is “better.” As a psychology enthusiast, my main goal is to create a spark of self-realization by asking you to be honest about why you support who you do.
We all want others to believe we use logic and reasoning to choose the candidates we support. But this is not true since voting works on a visceral level. In reality, we use the candidates we support to choose our logic and reasoning. Truthfully most of us first decide to support who we do based on emotion and most of us are guilty of falling into the confirmation bias trap of searching for anything to validate our initial associations with those we admire.
My goal is to combat willful ignorance. We all have those Facebook friends with obvious political leanings who refuse to see anything outside of their bubbles, sometimes despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. They believe they come off as principled, pragmatic, and nuanced (I use “pragmatic” and “nuanced” only because that’s how many describe their favorite candidates) while lacking the self-awareness to understand that their followers read their posts as simply cherry picked regurgitations of political articles they Googled using keywords matching the exact arguments they wish to make. This is why many Facebook friends you get into political arguments with seemingly have strings of links “queued” up and ready for the moment you raise a particular issue.
Back to the point. Whether you are “With Her” or “Feel the Bern” [insert joke about feeling the burn after being with her], in the long run you will be most proud of the vote you cast if you are honest with yourself about why you support the candidate you do and if you are comfortable with the reasons for your support.