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Would you vote for Tom?

Postby Infected Mushroom » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:02 am

Please consider the following hypothetical:

You live in the United States. The Presidential election is coming up.

Tom is one of the candidates. His political views are close to your own and there is a very strong, realistic chance that he could get elected. Before running for president, he has a very strong track record for getting things done in the the White House as a member of the legislature (and he's still very young). In public, Tom is very charismatic and appears to be very kind.

His opponent is a bland, standard run of the mill politician. However, he also has a realistic chance of being elected because no matter what he does, close to half of voters will vote for him because of the nature of US politics.

So far, neither Tom nor his Opponent have been involved in any scandals.

In the days leading up to the vote however, you (and only you) become aware of an unpleasant aspect of Tom's past.

After graduating from Harvard, Tom went on to attend Harvard Law School. During his days at Harvard, he was a bit of a prick. In the sense that he was an over-achiever and had a policy of forming an exclusive Study Group. In this Study Group, people could only join if they did their undergrad from Harvard (or Yale and several Number One Tier schools)... people from "lesser Ivies" and "lesser schools" were not allowed. Tom personally booted a few of his classmates out of this Study Group when he found out that they had lied about which school they went to during undergrad. Tom was Number One in his class but he apparently practiced discrimination with respect to the highly prestigious Study Group he ran based on your undergrad school.

You find out about this from one of Tom's old friends, however, the friend tells you that it's against Harvard's Code of Honour to spread bad rumours about their ex graduates. So you are 100% sure that no one is going to the press about this.

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The discussion question is this. Are you still going to vote for Tom?

Other than this strange behaviour from Harvard Law, he's an ideal candidate in the sense that his political views are yours and there's a strong chance he could get elected. He's young and has an impressive record of legislative achievements and experience in government and business.

As far you've seen, he seems to be very polite and nice on television.

However, you become aware of his Harvard antics. Please assume that this is 100% True (and you know it to be True).

Your options:

1. Vote for Tom
2. Vote for the Opposition
3. Don't Vote in the election

There are no third party runners with a realistic chance of winning the election.

Please discuss.

I created this scenario mainly to see how others would vote. As you know, I do not participate in the votes. IRL I probably would stay at home during the election because I don't consider my one vote to do anything.
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Postby The Blaatschapen » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:04 am

Vote for Tom.

All I have so far is hearsay.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:06 am

The Blaatschapen wrote:Vote for Tom.

All I have so far is hearsay.


what if you knew it to be 100% true?

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Postby North German Realm » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:06 am

Ok, but your premises is flawed. Tom is, in this scenario, an elitist -to the point of memery, and not even a good elitist either, but an elitist nonetheless-, which can be against the political ideology some of us hold. I'm neither an elitist nor a populist, so I won't really care. Given I know jackshit about the "other" politician in your scenario -especially his political campaign- I'm going to risk it and vote for Tom. He's close to my own political ideals, and provided he'll act on what he's promised during his campaign, his elitism is really going to be temporary and will help my own political agenda, so its really a no-brainer.
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Postby The Blaatschapen » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:09 am

Infected Mushroom wrote:
The Blaatschapen wrote:Vote for Tom.

All I have so far is hearsay.


what if you knew it to be 100% true?


How would I know this?
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Postby Thermodolia » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:11 am

So his big scandal is being an elitist? What next are you gonna tell me that politicians lie?!
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Postby Rhodesia-Zimbabwe » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:12 am

That doesn't sway my vote, a politican could be a bumbling oaf with developmental issues or an absolute asshat with a constant migraine and I might still vote for them. My vote is solely contingent on my confidence in them to vote for laws that I agree with and against laws that I disagree with. Also, what do you mean "he has a very strong track record for getting things done in the the White House as a member of the legislature"?
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Postby Bluelight-R006 » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:17 am

I’m not surprised. Everyone, not just politicians, have dirty pasts. Unfortunately, there’s a huge problem that lies in the way. So knowing this, and knowing that I have nothing better to do, nor nothing better to have, I’d choose Option 3. Don’t vote in the election.

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Postby -Ocelot- » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:33 am

Tom's actions appear to be highly un-american. I'd therefore vote for the opposition.

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Postby Heloin » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:43 am

This is probably the least important and least serious scandal in American History.
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Postby -Ocelot- » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:45 am

Heloin wrote:This is probably the least important and least serious scandal in American History.


it tells a lot about the candidate's character, however. Imagine applying his logic to how the country should be governed.

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Postby The New California Republic » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:46 am

Sure why not. Every single politician out there has at least a little dirt under their nails. In fact, I wouldn't trust one that didn't.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:50 am

North German Realm wrote:Ok, but your premises is flawed. Tom is, in this scenario, an elitist -to the point of memery, and not even a good elitist either, but an elitist nonetheless-, which can be against the political ideology some of us hold. I'm neither an elitist nor a populist, so I won't really care. Given I know jackshit about the "other" politician in your scenario -especially his political campaign- I'm going to risk it and vote for Tom. He's close to my own political ideals, and provided he'll act on what he's promised during his campaign, his elitism is really going to be temporary and will help my own political agenda, so its really a no-brainer.


well his political views are the same (as expressed in debates and based on his legislative record)

its just that you're aware of this detail from the past

so it could be that he's secretly elitist or that he's "moved on"

we all maybe did some crazy things earlier in life

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Postby Infected Mushroom » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:51 am

Rhodesia-Zimbabwe wrote:That doesn't sway my vote, a politican could be a bumbling oaf with developmental issues or an absolute asshat with a constant migraine and I might still vote for them. My vote is solely contingent on my confidence in them to vote for laws that I agree with and against laws that I disagree with. Also, what do you mean "he has a very strong track record for getting things done in the the White House as a member of the legislature"?


it means that he has, in the past, pulled some tough negotiations/creative solutions stunts which have allowed bills that overall favour his side to be passed while being elected for positions in the legislature

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Postby Heloin » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:51 am

-Ocelot- wrote:
Heloin wrote:This is probably the least important and least serious scandal in American History.


it tells a lot about the candidate's character, however. Imagine applying his logic to how the country should be governed.

Politicians being elitist snobs is hardly a new thing. I'm not saying it's a good thing but among all the scandals we get for politicians this one isn't much of one.
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Postby Rojava Free State » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:52 am

This must be taking place in the Hallmark universe because in this timeline we would never consider this a scandal

Our real world scenario would be more like "Tom is charismatic while Joe is boring, but Tom does drugs and constantly encourages his opponents to beat his critics bloody because "I'm literally the best president alive, anyone who disagrees can kiss my ass." That or Tom was joint chiefs of staff and encouraged a disastrous war that led to thousands of deaths over a lie about some nation having nukes when in reality he knew a guy in the oil business who just wanted a piece of that garbagistani oil. Not letting certain people study with you? Not a scandal in our world
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Postby Free Arabian Nation » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:53 am

Well, seeing how elitism is practically necessary to be a politician in America, I'll still vote for Tom.

Actually, tbh, it's required to be elitist in any country.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:59 am

Free Arabian Nation wrote:Well, seeing how elitism is practically necessary to be a politician in America, I'll still vote for Tom.

Actually, tbh, it's required to be elitist in any country.


do we have such a poor opinion of American democracy?

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Postby The Blaatschapen » Thu Jun 20, 2019 4:59 am

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Free Arabian Nation wrote:Well, seeing how elitism is practically necessary to be a politician in America, I'll still vote for Tom.

Actually, tbh, it's required to be elitist in any country.


do we have such a poor opinion of American democracy?


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Postby Free Arabian Nation » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:00 am

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Free Arabian Nation wrote:Well, seeing how elitism is practically necessary to be a politician in America, I'll still vote for Tom.

Actually, tbh, it's required to be elitist in any country.


do we have such a poor opinion of American democracy?

Democracy? They don't have Democracy. They have a pre-determined Oligarchy based on who yells the loudest
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Postby Cassadaigua » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:08 am

I don't have any problem with what Tom did at Harvard, in a sense it shows leadership.
The "discrimination" aspect would need concrete, indisputable proof. Not an "apparently".
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:09 am

Cassadaigua wrote:I don't have any problem with what Tom did at Harvard, in a sense it shows leadership.
The "discrimination" aspect would need concrete, indisputable proof. Not an "apparently".


well basically, he did X

you know that he refused to let people from "lesser schools" and "lesser Ivies" into the Study Group (it was official policy he set up)

and he's kicked a few people out for being from the wrong schools

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Postby Cassadaigua » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:15 am

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Cassadaigua wrote:I don't have any problem with what Tom did at Harvard, in a sense it shows leadership.
The "discrimination" aspect would need concrete, indisputable proof. Not an "apparently".


well basically, he did X

you know that he refused to let people from "lesser schools" and "lesser Ivies" into the Study Group (it was official policy he set up)

and he's kicked a few people out for being from the wrong schools


It's his study group. He can set those parameters if he chooses. Those left out could join another group, it might not be not be nice, but it's also his decision. On the discrimination aspect, I would be skeptical of someone making an untrue allegation that was left out just to try and get payback.
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Postby Rhodesia-Zimbabwe » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:18 am

Cassadaigua wrote:
Infected Mushroom wrote:
well basically, he did X

you know that he refused to let people from "lesser schools" and "lesser Ivies" into the Study Group (it was official policy he set up)

and he's kicked a few people out for being from the wrong schools


It's his study group. He can set those parameters if he chooses. Those left out could join another group, it might not be not be nice, but it's also his decision. On the discrimination aspect, I would be skeptical of someone making an untrue allegation that was left out just to try and get payback.


Change "study group" and "group" to country and you have yourself a pickle.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:19 am

Rhodesia-Zimbabwe wrote:
Cassadaigua wrote:
It's his study group. He can set those parameters if he chooses. Those left out could join another group, it might not be not be nice, but it's also his decision. On the discrimination aspect, I would be skeptical of someone making an untrue allegation that was left out just to try and get payback.


Change "study group" and "group" to country and you have yourself a pickle.


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