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|BEFORE YOU VOTE
- Thinking that is clear, accurate, knowledgeable, reflective, and fair in deciding what to believe or do is responsible thinking in pursuing reasonable, relevant, and reliable knowledge about the world.
- The ability to come to reliable and trustworthy conclusions about the world to live successfully in it.
HOW TO APPLY CRITICAL THINKING TO VOTING
1. What Does This Mean?
2. Why Should You Believe or not Believe This?
- "Where is this candidate running for office coming from?" "What is the context -- social, cultural, historical, literary, scientific, etc.?"
- "Why does this candidate care about this? Why does this candidate not care about this law or measure? What are their perceived goals or agendas?"
- "What is this the candidate's point of view or perspective?"
- "What is this the candidate taking for granted, assuming, or presupposing?"
- "What is the language of this candidate? What narrative are they sharing?"
3. What Else?
- "What are you being asked to accept?" "What would you have to agree with for this person to decide that this argument has served its purpose?"
- "What are the reasons why you should accept this claim?" "What judgments, observations, evidence, etc. support this view?"
4. Vet the Candidate
- "What other kinds of things are going on?"
5. Reach your conclusions and support your stance
- Do your research
- Check their vote record
- How often have they changed their point of view?
- Who supports this candidate? Do you agree with the supporter's platform?
- What is your position on the issue? What are your reasons?
- Do you have sufficient and reliable support?
- What are the strengths and weaknesses of your argument?
- Do you have any bias or assumption?
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