Why Politicians Are So Fearful of a Diet?
In the American political system, a “diet” is a meeting of a group of people to discuss and determine a course of action to accomplish some common purpose. In politics, a “diet” (or, more commonly, a “debate”) is a formal public deliberative session. The word is normally used historically for legislative bodies like the German Federal Diet (the supreme legislative body of Germany), and a popular term for modern day deliberative assemblies like the British House of Commons.
In theory, every single person in the group should have an equal say in the proceedings of a debate. In reality, however, it can be difficult to determine who gets to speak, and what their say is. The fact that many of us are comfortable with “hearings”, even when they are not formal or official, makes the process of determining the outcome of a debate even more difficult. In other words, when a group of people are all voting on the same issue, and the results are not going in a particular party’s favor, it can be hard to know who has been speaking honestly about the issue.
Often, the only way to decide is through the use of majority rule: the point of a “diet” is to get a group of people together in order to figure out what the common goal of a group is. This usually means that the person whose name is on the majority list will be allowed to speak. After all, the majority should decide the common goal of the group.
On the other hand, the person whose name is not on the majority list will not be allowed to speak unless his or her opinion is based on a certain party’s point of view. It can be very difficult, if not impossible, to find a person’s opinion that is both completely in line with the views of both the majority and the minority. In a case like this, a debate usually degenerates into a shouting match. The person who is speaking is typically accused of lying, and/or the person who was accused of being wrong is usually shouted down. In some cases, the two can be sitting right next to each other, but they cannot hear each other, and will simply have to accept what the other is saying; sometimes it will be enough to convince one or the other of their point of view.
This is why many political debate can degenerate into a shouting match. In the past, it was almost impossible to make a difference, and in modern times it is relatively easy, thanks to television, to get all viewpoints heard. However, most Americans spend so much time watching the news, listening to the radio, and reading newspapers that it is very difficult to avoid a lot of noise while talking over the same issue.
The good news is that there is some good news in all of this. Although it can be difficult to make any sort of difference in a given political debate, the Internet offers a great deal of help. There are websites that allow you to create your own diet, allowing you to post your own point of view (sometimes in a forum where others can also see your comments) and then let the other participants decide whether or not they believe them.