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Civic Duty

2010 November 2
by Bill

Today is election day, 2010. It is expected to have the largest turnout for an off-year election (the name given to non-presidential voting years) in about five decades. It would be larger yet if our education system still taught civics.

On my Facebook visit today I read several posts from some young eligible voters who were not bothering to vote because “they (politicians) can’t be trusted or will change when they get to Washington.” Another said that she did not have any civic duty to vote and another lauded his freedom to choose to vote or not to vote. Interesting use of freedom, no?

Now, I must agree that our freedoms do include the freedom to say no, but let’s get real here. Their refusal to participate in the process makes them part of the problem, not part of the solution.

On the other side of this is the abject ignorance of the electorate! Recent TV shows have had people like John Stossell (currently FoxNews) asking people on the streets if they know who certain easily recognizable celebrities (like the V.P. of the U.S. for example) and they had no clue. Show them a picture of a teenybopper TV personality and they nailed it every time. They showed no embarrassment over their ignorance but rather pride in knowing the TV person. These are people who get their news from the Comedy channel. Why am I surprised? Voting for them not be a choice, it should be illegal.

The founding fathers originally designed the voting process so that only free male landowners had the right to vote. This was to assure that people with an investment in the country actually ran it. I’m not suggesting that we return completely to that era but for goodness sake, we need to change something!

Are elected officials corruptible? Certainly. Are they all corrupt? No. Character counts and character will ultimately unmask the man, or woman for that matter. So, when you vote you have a responsibility to know who and what you are voting for. Blind acceptance of the stuff presented in the voting booth is no longer an option. Study it or do us all a favor and stay home.

It’s that abject ignorance thingy.

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