Any political battle is also a public affairs fight. In an ideal world both sides of any issue would provide fair, accurate, and honest information about their position, respond fairly to valid points made by the other side, and concede when those opposing arguments are stronger. Unfortunately, we do not live in that world. Instead, misinformation, distractions, and “gotcha” one-liners dominate the landscape. That means that many community members are drastically misinformed about the real facts about any situation.
The sad reality is that this dynamic means that dangerous and downright harmful legislation is passed. Many of these bills take away rights and harm communities as a whole–only benefitting certain powerful interests. The ability of lobbying arms for those interests to convince community members otherwise is the key factor that allows this bad legislation to become law.