Disturbing the Hibernation of Uninformed Voters

By Pete Abel | Related entries in News

While discussing the Presidential candidates and party debates with my peers, I find it incredibly frustrating to receive blank stares when I mention names like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, or confused looks when I talk about the Hillary-Obama tiff over dialogue with despots, or the three GOP contenders who claim they don’t believe in evolution.  Perhaps the names of low-pollers or one-off issues aren’t critical to an informed electorate, but I do think they’re indicative of a larger, latent apathy.

Furthermore, while I’m not sure what it will take to shake the politically un-engaged out of their slumber, I am pleased with at least one online resource that gives them an opportunity to expand their voting intelligence, if they choose to take advantage of it.  I’m also intrigued by a new project that’s attempting to take this resource to “the street.”  Learn more.


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5 Responses to “Disturbing the Hibernation of Uninformed Voters”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    “I find it incredibly frustrating to receive blank stares when I mention names like Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich, or confused looks when I talk about the Hillary-Obama tiff over dialogue with despots, or the three GOP contenders who claim they don’t believe in evolution.”

    No Pete, it’s not just your imagination, Americans really [are] that stupid. Nothing short of disaster will wake them from their slumber, and even if you could somehow “awaken” them, they are long past the point of being saved anyhow. The average American, and I’m talking about the so-called “educated” ones don’t know sh it about politics, their country or the world’s affairs. of course, their jobs, in which most again are completely clueless even in that capacity. People are essentially taught to learn the very bare minimum and apply that to their selfishly uniformed hedonistic me, me, me lifestyles where all that “schooling” and “edifying” comes into play at the super malls of America.

    Ask any American to go into detail about some of the latest and greatest television shows, music or what the newest box office movies are currently out. I guarantee you will have a far more “fully informed” electorate of patriotic American Idolers, whom exercise their democratic rights by text messaging in their favorite Idol for only $1.99 on their Fab 5 T-Mobile phone. Exercising their democratic rights which men and woman have died for and carrying on the spirit of Freedom and democracy as an example to this backwards, backwater world we Americans find ourselves living in.

    Books? who needs books when you got a PS3? and parents as stupid as you are? Hell! you don’t have to know how to read to make it in America, you could keep it a secret and nobody would know the difference. When is the last time you had someone ask you about the latest book you are reading? Even when you are “hanging out” with your more “educated” cliq? [sic]

    The idea that one could magically wake up one day and have a meaningful
    dialogue with a majority of Americans is asking for too much. Start off with low expectations, if you are lucky enough to find a person that knows more about politics than Nascar or CSI the television show you are one of the lucky few. And if by some miracle of God you meet someone that knows even more about the world, for example, that Gasoline vapors, Hydrogenated oils and Artificial coloring isn’t good for you–you might have a real life American genius on your hands.

  2. Tom Says:

    I’m kind of surprised Pete, considering (if I’m correct) your peers are in their 40′s. You’d expect this sort of apathy from the 18-30 age group.

  3. DosPeros Says:

    Maybe Americans are too business working and, when they are not working, being with their family to follow the lastest Obama-Clinton nipple biting or take much interest in fringy goof balls. Or otherwise give 2-shits 4 months before they even get to vote.

  4. Pete Abel Says:

    Tom,

    Sometimes I think the apathy gets worse as we age. Yes, my peers are in their 40′s.

    DosPeros,

    Long time no dialogue. Hope you are well. To your comment: I work 11-plus-hour days, I spend time with my family, but I also manage to keep up with politics and governance issues. Yeah, it probably helps that my day-job has a lot to do with politics and governance. But it’s also a matter of just taking the time to care and read and listen — maybe tune out 30 minutes of a tired sitcom and read a little; or watch a few minutes of the debate. That’s all I’m suggesting.

    Besides, the examples you and I both site, Obama v. Clinton, Paul, Kucinich, et. al. — those are the easy things to note and remember; if my peers aren’t aware of these things, what about the more substantive elements of the dialogue? That’s what worries me.

  5. Patricia Says:

    Imagine the average American affording the time to become well informed on issues while working two and three jobs to pay taxes and support the IRS. Imagine trying to sort through the lobbyist and personal interest groups. Imagine the working class and how they go to work sick and spread illness, and let their kids be raised by institutions so that they can make more money to try and stay above water. Imagine the health care costs of overworked and underpaid and understaffed people in poor health. Imagine displaced and laid off and downsized Americans without education to get one of today’s jobs. Imagine the Americans with fake disabilities collecting the social security that the middle class will never see. In an ideal world, with all the government spending, how is it justified to ask for more of the middle class to grow a bigger group of people that need handouts? Will more government paid groups make a larger overhead for us? Is anyone aware of how munch income it already takes to support our government? Why do we bother to tax low income persons at all??? We risk their becoming incompetant to take care of themselves when they can’t afford to live anywhere or to eat or see a doctor or have heat to stay warm. Why don’t we start with cruching down the Internal Revenue? See how well they protect their jobs. Taxing the people more is no answer. It even discourages the rich from saving and from using resources. We need people who can save money for banks to operate and we need people to have money to spend to keep the economy going.

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