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Bob M August 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
YES MASON, YOU ARE RIGHT!! GREAT OBSERVATION!!! (he said with a smile)
Frank Geefay August 29, 2012 at 04:52 AM
When have we ever elected a person much like ourselves into office to represent us? Candidates brag about how much experience they have as presidents or CEO of their company, leaders of this or accomplished at that, but in the vast majority of cases their positions and accomplishments have little to do with the office they seek. Leadership ability has little to do just about any position in government other than the presidency. You represent people in most public offices and vote together as a body on issues, not lead city council or Congress or anyone. What is so inappropriate about having an ordinary citizen representing many other ordinary citizens? "I am your best candidate because I'm as ordinary as they get and can best represent the vast majority of you ordinary citizens like myself." Think that will get anyone anywhere? Yet it may have the greatest relevance and honesty for an elected office: representing the majority of ordinary people. So what about more ordinary people in office representing the vast majority of ordinary people instead of only having candidates with special interests to vote for? Wouldn’t this solve the gridlock that curses Congress because we would have people truly representing ordinary people running the country and looking after the ordinary person’s interests instead of special interests? I'm all for the ordinary! More power to us!! What do you think Mason? Any potential?
Bob M August 29, 2012 at 01:43 PM
So Frank, are you starting a Mason Mccarty for President campain? Maybe he can run on the "A pencil cartoon drawing in every home" platform? =) Actually, he might stand a chance in this year's election.
Frank Geefay August 29, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Mason may be to extraordinary to qualify as ordinary. His gifts with the pencil for both cartoons and verse and his exposure in the press may disqualify him as an extraordinarily ordinary person. But most certainly he could represent this suggestion in a cartoon caricature. :)
Dave Colby (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Funny stuff, Mason. I often think about friends that commonly use a unique word, or phrase, for everything. "Oh-kayyyy!" or "Real-lly...???" Suddenly, the more I'm with them, the more I'm repeating their phrase to my friends. Wonder if linguists have a name for the phenomenon?
Mason Mccarty August 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM
@Bob M: Actually I wouldn't stand a chance against these two candidates in this election for one non monetarily good reason...i'm not 35 haha.
Mason Mccarty August 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM
@Frank: I could try to think of a cartoon to base this on but it'll definitely be a little tricky because I want it to be apolitical especially after some of the more recent threads on here, yikes.
Mason Mccarty August 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Actually there is. I was just looking around after you mentioned this because I didn't know and apparently there are two areas that study this phenomena. In Anthropology its called 'call and response' and in psychology its called the 'Chameleon Effect'. Its an unconscious response in order to adapt and blend in to your surrounding area (human chameleons). It's very interesting to read this. I even stumbled upon a social anxiety website for people who freak out that they do this haha.
Bob M August 30, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Mason, re your @Frank comment. You could have an ordinary lay person decide to run for an office and have both political party's candidates try to denigrate him (or her) for being "too ordinary, no one would every vote for someone THAT ordinary!"
Bob M August 30, 2012 at 03:11 AM
In Desmond Morris' book, The Naked Ape, he talks about humans at the basic animal instinct having the need to "fit in" with a group or tribe and will mimic the actions and language of the group. Even to the point that anyone deemed a threat to the group or not willing to mimic will be pushed out. We are basic animals, no matter how far we think we have evolved.


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