The phrase, “Preaching to the choir,” is meant to represent when a person is trying to sway a group into thinking the way that they already think. It is meant to point out the futility of some speakers when they push an issue to a group that is already widely accepted by that group. That phase is a perfect representation for the idea of political rallies.
The rallies that will be discussed in this article are not the main Republican and Democrat Rallies that are shown on TV when the decision is made for who the ultimate candidate would be for that party during a Presidential Election. This article will discuss the smaller, local rallies that candidates have organized.
The purpose for these rallies originally was to introduce outlying areas to candidates that they might not be familiar with. The candidate would travel to that area to explain what the candidate stands for. Supporters, detractors, and people who were interested in learning more about the candidate would attend the rallies.
Today, the only people that appear at these rallies, other then the Media, are people that have already decided that they were going to vote for the appearing candidate. People now can easily turn on the TV or surf the Internet to find out everything that can be known about each candidate. They no longer need these rallies to learn more about the candidate.
During the rallies, the candidate will push the issues that separate him or her from all of the other candidates. These are issues that are already on the minds of those in attendance because they are already interested in voting for the candidate.
In essence, the purpose of a political rally is to point out why people should vote for the candidate. The people that are in attendance, for the most part, are already going to vote for the person that is trying to promote himself or herself. Wouldn’t this be considered as, “Preaching to the choir?” Isn’t the candidate trying to drum up support and votes from the people that are already supporting and voting for him or her?
There have been many candidates, such as Bill Clinton, that were not interested in holding these large rallies. He pointed out that the rallies cost money, and do not raise any money since most of the tickets are given away.
Those that were running his Election Campaign pointed out that these were traditional, and a great way to get his face out there. They also believed that this would cause for more people to vote for him.
Now, if almost all of the people that are in attendance are going to vote for the candidate, where are the extra votes going to come from? Granted, snippets of these rallies are shown on local news stations, but what effect does this actually have?
How many people can you think of are going to vote for someone off of a thirty-second sound byte that appeared on the news? How many people are going to be swayed by a few comments that have been edited down to fit in between news stories?
I have been to these political rallies before, and have always left wondering why I went in the first place. I always walk away wondering why I listened to someone talk about why I should vote for them when I had already decided to vote for them before the rally.