Monday, October 15, 2012

Axe

I'm ready for this presidential election to be over. I'm tired of political advertisements, people name-calling irrational slurs, and everyone focusing on where we differ instead of how we relate. And you know what else I'm tired of? Uninformed voters. Not one political party has more or less of them. When it comes down to it, a lot of us vote what our parents do. A lot of us don't study which candidate makes more sense on different issues, we let popularity or culture or familiarity make our decisions for us. 

Like this YouTube video (obviously from a more conservative side) calling out uninformed Obama voters from the 2008 election. People who--when asked questions about the candidate they just voted for--didn't know what they were talking about. 


You don't have to watch the whole ten minutes to know that most of these people don't know the answers. But we must also recognize that for the purpose of this video, the creators weren't going to show too many of the voters who perhaps answered the questions correctly. And, let's not pretend that if both sides were interviewed, both sides would fare about the same. We're all guilty.

Take, also, this woman who recently made the news for her blatant and outlandish (yet, so ridiculously viral) opinion that Obama is a communist. It wouldn't surprise me if she also believed that he is not a U.S. citizen, his birth certificate is non-existant, and he's a Muslim. Oy.

 

Her flat-out untruth bothers me, but not as much as the fact that the woman who had nice, less controversial, less crazy things to say (the woman first being interviewed) was quickly ignored and overlooked at the potential to hear from this voter with an axe to grind, but no actual information or knowledge to back it up. Just "study it out" she says. Yeah. Let's.

You know what I think would guarantee informed voters? If we all had to vote on individual issues and not candidates. We'd have to study what we believed about the environment and war and the budget and women's health, instead of just the comfort of our political parties. I say this, because I know it would really challenge me too. Can you imagine how this would drastically change our voting process and our government? It would be harder to just pick a party and vote accordingly. It would be more difficult to go around bashing other political parties, if you had learned that, actually, you agreed with a few points from both sides. Each "issue" would be voted on, and a point for each issue would go toward the candidate who believed similarly. Now that would be interesting.


I'll be happy when the election is over and we can stop looking at the world only through the lens of our political parties. Oh wait, we never had to do that to begin with...

2 comments:

kameroncarter said...

truth heather. truth

Anthony said...

What if schools started having students go to the "polls". They could set up voting booths at the schools, present the issues that each candidate stands for, and interview kids on why they voted the way they did. For the older students that in high school, it could be really cool to show them how to find out about candidates. It becomes the foundation/springboard for all classes for a couple of weeks/months. This way, when it is time for these students to vote, they know how to become and informed voter, they know how to register to vote, they know what voting means, and they have a better understanding of our "democratic" system. If schools aren't already doing this, they are missing out on huge opportunity. I think this would really increase voter turnout, informed voting, and an understanding that "yes we can" make a change. But, if you don't do what you say you were going to do, I'm voting you out of office. We have the power if we are informed.