​One​ ​thing​ ​I’m​ ​really​ ​getting​ ​sick​ ​of​ ​since​ ​the​ ​election​ ​is​ ​how​ ​everybody​ ​involved;​ ​senators, Congresspersons,​ ​news​ ​outlets,​ ​the​ ​president​ ​and​ ​ALL​ ​of​ ​his​ ​spokespeople​ ​are​ ​constantly,​ ​about everything,​ ​saying​ ​”can​ ​you​ ​imagine​ ​if​ ​so-and-so​ ​did​ ​x-y-z?”


So​ ​what​ ​if​ ​I​ ​can​ ​imagine​ ​how​ ​happy​ ​people’s​ ​reactions​ ​would​ ​be ​if​ ​Hillary​ ​had​ ​spoken​ ​out against​ ​ISIL​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​Trump​ ​(of​ ​course​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​she​ ​would​ ​do​ ​it​ ​in​ ​an​ ​entirely​ ​different​ ​manner but​ ​that’s​ ​precisely​ ​the​ ​point),​ ​or​ ​the​ ​outrage​ ​that​ ​would​ ​ensue​ ​if​ ​Trump​ ​was​ ​the​ ​person​ ​who​ ​put​ ​7 countries​ ​on​ ​a​ ​terror​ ​watch list​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​Obama.​ ​I​ ​can​ ​also​ ​imagine​ ​a​ ​narwhal​ ​and​ ​a​ ​unicorn performing​ ​a​ ​couples​ ​figure​ ​skating​ ​program,​ ​and​ ​while​ ​it’s​ ​fun​ ​to​ ​think​ ​about,​ ​that​ ​doesn’t​ ​mean​ ​it makes​ ​me​ ​right​ ​or​ ​wrong​ ​on​ ​a​ ​point.

The​ ​fact​ ​of​ ​the​ ​matter​ ​is​ ​anybody​ ​can​ ​imagine​ ​anything​ ​at​ ​any​ ​time,​ ​that’s​ ​the​ ​beauty​ ​of imagination,​ ​but​ ​here’s​ ​the​ ​thing:​ ​Things​ ​we​ ​imagine​ ​have​ ​no​ ​consequences,​ ​and​ ​choosing​ ​to pose​ ​everything​ ​in​ ​a​ ​rhetorical​ ​context​ ​and​ ​begging​ ​the​ ​question​ ​is​ ​detracting​ ​from​ ​actual​ ​issues.​ ​I don’t​ ​care​ ​if​ ​you’re​ ​Republican​ ​or​ ​Democrat,​ ​man​ ​or​ ​woman,​ ​gay​ ​or​ ​straight,​ ​etc​ ​NOBODY​ ​is actually​ ​making​ ​any​ ​difference​ ​or​ ​changing​ ​any​ ​minds​ ​by​ ​basing​ ​their​ ​entire​ ​argument​ ​on​ ​nothing but​ ​a​ ​logical​ ​fallacy.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​precisely​ ​why​ ​no​ ​minds​ ​are​ ​being​ ​changed,​ ​and​ ​if​ ​it​ ​seems​ ​like​ ​we’re on​ ​a​ ​hamster​ ​wheel​ ​making​ ​no​ ​progress​ ​while​ ​we​ ​all​ ​argue​ ​IT’S​ ​BECAUSE​ ​WE​ ​ARE!​ ​We​ ​are​ ​all making​ ​the​ ​same​ ​flawed​ ​arguments​ ​over​ ​and​ ​over​ ​and​ ​over​ ​again​ ​because​ ​we’re​ ​just​ ​working ourselves,​ ​and​ ​those​ ​around​ ​us​ ​up​ ​with​ ​a​ ​bunch​ ​of​ ​what​ ​ifs. While​ ​we​ ​sit​ ​around​ ​getting​ ​all​ riled​ ​up​ ​over​ ​these​ ​“imagine​ ​ifs”​ ​real​ ​points​ ​are​ ​being​ ​missed.

If​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​get​ ​somebody’s​ ​support​ ​make​ ​a​ ​case​ ​that’s​ ​worth​ ​making​ ​in​ ​your​ ​favor,​ ​not​ ​against a​ ​hypothetical​ ​reaction​ ​from​ ​supporters​ ​of​ ​some​ ​made​ ​up​ ​adversary!

Our​ ​politicians,​ ​American​ ​politicians​ ​are​ ​pandering​ ​to​ ​us​ ​from​ ​both​ ​sides​ ​of​ ​the​ ​aisle​ ​and​ ​it​ ​has become​ ​so​ ​commonplace​ ​that​ ​it ​has​ ​infiltrated​ ​everything​ ​else.​ ​By​ ​allowing​ ​ourselves​ ​to continue​ ​that​ ​dialogue,​ ​whether​ ​it​ ​be​ ​with​ ​political​ ​opponents,​ ​with​ ​our​ ​television​ ​sets​ ​or computers,​ ​or​ ​simply​ ​in​ ​our​ ​own​ ​minds​ ​we​ are ​doing​ ​nothing​ ​but​ ​allowing​ ​​the​ ​men​ ​and​ ​women​ ​that​ ​will shape​ ​our​ ​lives​ ​and​ ​our​ ​futures​​ ​the​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​give​ ​us​ ​exactly​ ​zero​ ​answers.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​something that​ ​has​ ​crept​ ​into​ ​our​ ​lives​ ​quietly​ ​over​ ​a​ ​long​ ​period​ ​of​ ​time​ ​and​ ​as​ ​such​ ​it​ ​is​ ​unlikely​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​any time​ ​soon.​ ​No​ ​problem​ ​can​ ​ever​ ​be​ ​corrected​ ​without​ ​first​ ​acknowledging​ ​it’s​ ​existence;​ ​that makes​ ​it​ ​up​ ​to​ ​us,​ ​the​ ​American​ ​people,​ ​Republican​ ​and​ ​Democrat​ ​alike,​ ​to​ ​stop​ ​allowing​ ​our lawmakers​ ​to​ ​do​ ​nothing​ ​but​ ​appeal​ ​to​ ​our​ ​emotions.​ ​It’s​ ​been​ ​said​ ​before​ ​but​ ​it​ ​bears​ ​repeating THE TIME FOR CRITICAL THINKING IS NOW!

Who? What? Where? When? Why?

Here​ ​are​ ​some​ ​things​ ​to​ ​consider​ ​while​ ​you’re​ ​being​ ​asked​ ​to​ ​”imagine​” ​something​ ​by​ ​your representatives​ ​whether​ ​you​ ​agree​ ​with​ ​them​ ​or​ ​not.​ ​Remember​ ​either​ ​way​ ​you​ ​lean​ ​politically these​ ​people​ ​are​ ​relying​ ​on​ ​your​ ​congruity​ ​to​ ​get​ ​elected.

Does​ ​your​ ​senator​ ​want​ ​to​ ​pass​ ​legislation?

Ask​ ​them​ ​why​ ​you​ ​should​ ​want​ ​to​ ​back​ ​their​ ​decision,​ ​not​ ​why​ ​you​ ​shouldn’t​ ​want​ ​to​ ​back​ ​their opponent’s.

​Don’t​ ​ask​ ​why​ ​you​ ​personally​ ​will​ ​benefit​ ​from​ ​it​ ​but​ ​how​ ​society​ ​as​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​stands​ ​to benefit​ ​from​ ​it.​ ​Remember that whole “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country” thing? Same premise.

Don’t​ ​ask​ ​who​ ​is​ ​to​ ​blame​ ​for​ ​it,​ ​the​ ​problem​ ​is​ ​there​ ​regardless​ ​of​ ​why or how​ ​it​ ​got ​there, ask​ ​instead​ ​how​ ​it​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​be​ ​fixed.

Is​ ​the​ ​person​ ​proposing​ ​the​ ​solution​ ​the​ ​person​ ​who​ ​caused​ ​the​ ​problem?​ ​Not​ ​only​ ​does​ ​that​ ​not matter​ ​it​ ​is​ ​admirable​ ​because​ ​they​ ​are​ ​admitting​ ​their​ ​mistakes​ ​and​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​fix​ ​it;​ ​that’s​ ​a​ ​good thing​ ​and​ ​as​ ​I​ ​remember​ ​one​ ​of​ ​those​ ​“American​ ​values”​ ​people​ ​keep​ ​talking​ ​about.

Our​ ​nation​ ​and​ ​the​ ​rest​ ​of​ ​the​ ​world​ ​are​ ​changing​ ​and​ ​we​ ​really​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​paying​ ​attention.​ ​None of​ ​us​ ​should​ ​be​ ​accepting​ ​that​ ​the​ ​people​ ​in​ ​power​ ​currently,​ ​or​ ​aspiring​ ​to​ ​in​ ​the​ ​future,​ ​have​ ​our best​ ​interests​ ​at​ ​heart,​ ​regardless​ ​of​ ​whether​ ​we​ ​agree​ ​or​ ​disagree​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​what​ ​will make​ ​things​ ​better.

Personally​ ​I’m​ ​done​ ​imagining.​ ​It’s​ ​time​ ​to​ ​focus.

Remember critical thinking is a skill as such it can be learned, taught, and practiced, but none of us will ever perfect it.

Originally published at medium.com