Is it rhetoric or logic? – Longmont Times-Call

Betty Heath

We are in the middle of February, and the election season is already heating up. The residents of Firestone once again find themselves embroiled in a political campaign that has many ugly heads. This was due to an unsuccessful effort to collect enough valid signatures to force a recall election for Firestone’s mayor and board of directors.

I admit that I already suffer from political fatigue. My ears are tired of the buzzing and my head is spinning as the rhetoric increases. Or is this the logic I hear? What is the difference between both ? It’s not too difficult to explain what I perceive as rhetoric or logic. However, there are those who seem to understand the real issues facing our city and others who just don’t want to face the truth. Rhetoric or logic?

I spoke to a close friend who sees politics from a different perspective than I do. Our discussion quickly turned to the issue of rhetoric versus logic. His opinions are so difficult for me to understand that we rarely talk about politics when we are together. But that day, I couldn’t sit and listen to his singing platform without responding. No, it was my turn to speak and share my point of view without qualms.

She listened intently as I shared my perspective on the subject. Firestone has an election scheduled for April 5, 2022. Some of the candidates are already attacking each other. I guess that’s normal for most elections. But it makes me wonder what people have to hide that they can’t support themselves based on their reputation without trying to ruin another candidate’s reputation. People should stop and think about what is being said. Is there any truth to the various assertions made? Is it rhetoric or logic? I only want the truth, and I find it in logic. Although I’m talking about a small town election, that could also apply to any of our national elections. How many advertisements are we dealing with that deny others? Where is the truth ?

I have come to the conclusion that there is a distinction between politicians and leaders. People who are there only for themselves are politicians. Yet, technically, a politician is just someone in politics, right? Wrong! In my mind, a politician is a sneak, a liar and a liar behind his back. They don’t care who elects them; they only care about themselves or those who want to make them look good with the mentality of “what do I get in?” or who can line their pockets with a lot of money.

What we really need at Firestone is a real leader; someone who looks out for everyone’s best interest; the mayor of the people; one who asks others for advice when he is unsure of himself and is willing to admit he is wrong. Leaders listen to voters’ ideas. They work to resolve conflicts, not to create them.

So, in this upcoming election, who are you going to listen to and vote for? A politician or a leader? Although you may be friends with a certain candidate, just remember that our election is not about friendship; it is a matter of leadership. Seek truth in logic, not rhetoric.

My friend and I are still on good terms, but not about politics! We agree to use common sense to guide us through the election process. Voters should seek the truth before voting in the upcoming elections. The candidates I should vote for in the Firestone election have been clearly defined using logic, not rhetoric.

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