Poker, Politicians and Objective Truth


In the game of Poker a hand is won because a player has a winning hand and no other reason. It is called letting the cards speak, in order that a player cannot just throw down their cards, confidently shout out that they’ve won the hand and take the pot. The cards speak, if someone thinks they’ve won it is completely possible that they’ve not. This is because sometimes a player will misread their cards and not occupy the hand they thought they had. So this rule enables the rightful winner to always get what they deserve.

This should be a rule when politicians speak about issues or when one is debating issues with another. Lately it seems that what is true doesn’t even matter, the only thing that matters is how one arguing his or her position delivers their argument. This is part of a greater issue that I have been thinking about lately. Subjectivism  vs. Objectivism. In politics we have far to many politicians that side with subjective arguments rather than looking at issues objectively. This comes from politicians being tied to the consensus within their party rather than the objective truth. So a politicians stance is subject to what the party believes about an issue rather than what is actually true. This is not the case for all politicians but it is problem for the vast majority of them.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t oppose party politics and I don’t even mind the “two party” system, I just want honest politicians. I want politicians that can look at an issue say what they believe about it and tell us what is true about it, rather than give us the party line or lie to us to save face for the party. I fully acknowledge that there can be two different opinions about something that is completely true and an opinion does not prohibit a facts ability to retain its truth. The political party that learns to tell the truth will fair much better with the American people than the one that caters to the people that are in the party by telling them lies. Even if it means that telling the truth will take them out of power.

We run into the same problem when people are debating issues. For the same reason that the cards speak in Poker, truth should speak when it comes to issues. Truth is often trumped by delivery and popular but not credible sources.

Delivery of an opinion can either make or break a discussion. Often times I’ve been in discussions with people that just confidently shout out facts trying trump my argument. So it becomes more of a competition of who can give more facts rather than whether or not those facts are true or false. If someone presents more facts than me in an argument that forces me into a corner, but its easy to escape that trap. First of all, whether or not someone has a better argument is never dependant upon the number of facts they present, it is totally dependant upon whether or not those facts are true or false. Second, if you don’t think that someone’s fact is correct ask them to prove it, most of the time they can‘t. There has been so many times that I’ve been discussing issues with people that present a fact that they know nothing about, they merely know talking points.

Far to many times people are just regurgitating information with out actually understanding what they’re saying about the issue only because someone they like said it. Over the years I have tried (emphasize tried) to listen to something a person say’s and make a judgment on that issue before I hear someone else’s opinion. This allows for me to form my own ideas independently, rather than form ideas based on what someone else say’s. One might say that is a subjective way of approaching an issue, but its not. I’ll reiterate again that there can be a true fact and it can have two different opinions directed at it without the fact loosing its truth. This allows me to look at an issue objectively, see if it is true or not and then form an opinion. Once I’ve formed an opinion I then look at what the people that I agree and don’t agree with are saying and either keep or modify my opinion based on true facts that they bring to the table. My opinion then becomes something that is grounded in objective truth rather than an opinion that is based on subjective reasoning. It is no longer subject to what I or someone else think is true, but what is true.

I know that in life there will always be subjectivity, people will always like different things, there will always be issues that have gray areas and people will always have different opinions on different issues. All I am trying to get out of people is truth, because it is nearly impossible to spin issues in your favor all the time. Truth must always be accounted for and it must prevail.

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