On March 25th I published a blog titled Generosity is a Synonym for Tolerance, in which I referenced the political discourse in America and how similar it is to my home country’s current state amid the presidential elections.
Since 1991, the reformed Colombian Constitution set up a two-round (also known as the second ballot) electoral system. Based on this, last May 27th, out of the five candidates competing for the presidency, none achieved more than 50% of the votes cast.
Therefore, the top two candidates, Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro, must meet again on June 17th, and whoever gets the majority–it doesn’t have to be 50%–wins. Although there have been punches below the belt, the fighters in this match haven’t broken any ribs, yet.
However, the dirty uppercuts are coming from their campaign affiliates from outside of the ring, just like Democrats and Republicans did in the United States during the 2016 Presidential Election.
Last Monday, June 4th, was the 500th day of the Trump presidency and as if it were election night, Democrats continue to analyze what they call a surprise victory. Reading about the subject, I ran across an interesting article, Trump’s Appeal: What Psychology Tells Us written by two psychologists, one Scottish and one Australian.
According to the authors, Stephen D. Reicher y S. Alexander Haslam, the leadership that Donald Trump infused into his supporters was never about the individuals as an individual, but rather about an individual as a group member. In other words, they granted the victory not only to the candidate, but also his fans.
Political identity is a powerful force of pride and desire to advance the cause of the party. Nonetheless, it must be kept under control because it fuels the deepest passions that lead to dangerous fanaticism as seen in many mass movements of the past.
Fanatic behavior allows little to zero tolerance to the difference of opinions, displays obsessive enthusiasm that denies reality, and transgresses respect for other with verbal or physical violence.
This principle can be seen in sports, especially soccer, all over the world. Some clubs and national teams have fans that are known for their brutal and vicious expressions of support, and this reflects poorly on the image of the team.
Negativity is a repelling force, and the Trump resistance is wearing it 100%, like a bad perfume that doesn’t fade away. If their objective is to change people’s minds about his administration, the nastiness of their speech is driving away the independents that they covet so much and who they need to achieve Congress majorities.
Thinking ahead to the mid-term elections next November, I want to give a piece of advice to the members and spokespeople of the Republican and Democratic party–especially older actors,–“You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.“
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