The Cow VS The Ice Cream
-- From a teacher in Nashville --
We would choose our nominees. They would make a campaign speech and the class would vote. To simplify the process, candidates were nominated by other class members. We discussed what kinds of characteristics these students should have.
We got many nominations and from those, Jamie and Olivia were picked to run for the top spot. The class had done a great job in their selections. Both candidates were good kids. I thought Jamie might have an advantage because he got lots of parental support.
The day arrived when they were to make their speeches. Jamie went first. he had specific ideas about how to make our class a better place. He ended by promising to do his very best. Everyone applauded and he sat down.
Now it was Olivia's turn to speak. Her speech was concise. She said, "If you vote for me, I will give you ice cream." She sat down. The class went wild. "Yes! Yes! We want ice cream."
Surely she would say more. She did not have to. I initiated the discussion that followed. "How do you plan to pay for the ice cream?" She wasn't sure. But no one pursued that question. They took her at her word. Would her parents buy it or would the class pay for it...she didn't know.
The class really didn't care. All they were thinking about was ice cream. Jamie was forgotten. Olivia won by a landslide. A percentage of the voting public (usually a majority) listens to our Presidential candidates offering ice cream and react like nine year olds. They want ice cream.
The other percentage knows that they're going to have to feed the cow and shovel up the mess!