My friend Gary G posted on Facebook today about Groupthink. I am sure that at one time I knew the precise definition of the word (and many, many more…) but he did remind me of it: The full post from Wikipedia can be found by following the link, but the most telling paragraph is:
“Groupthink requires individuals to avoid raising controversial issues or alternative solutions, and there is loss of individual creativity, uniqueness and independent thinking. The dysfunctional group dynamics of the “ingroup” produces an “illusion of invulnerability” (an inflated certainty that the right decision has been made). Thus the “ingroup” significantly overrates its own abilities in decision-making and significantly underrates the abilities of its opponents (the “outgroup“). Furthermore, groupthink can produce dehumanizing actions against the “outgroup”.”
This solidifies and explains the general unease and malaise I have been feeling with the WHOLE political process. I feel that the powers that be (either DEM or Repug) want us to be lemmings jumping off the cliff of the lesser evil.
As a woman of conscience I have fought my whole life against blindly following almost any cause… and Texas candidate Wendy Davis and Bernie Sanders were the first political campaigns that I had become involved in. I always voted, but never got personally involved. And we all know who both of those campaigns ended up.
The whole groupthink mentality is extremely distressing to me, and the invective and rancor directed toward anyone not towing the line (be it red or blue) is deeply troubling.
I will vote my conscience, and have not yet made up my mind. I was never a true democrat, just not a republican, and so my leanings are toward Gary Johnson. As a long time feminist, I feel a deep sadness that I cannot in good conscience vote for either woman who is on the ballot this year.
I fear for the underpinnings of this great nation of ours. Having lived overseas, I have a unique appreciation for the benefits and freedoms that we take for granted as United States citizens. I plan to exercise my right to vote for the person who I think will be best for the United States, not the lesser of two evils.
There was a sign posted on Facebook yesterday: I paraphrase but it read “They are both losers, we are screwed.”
OK I will climb down from my soapbox now.