Not voting when you can, is the same as voting to hand over your power to someone else. Remember the old tale about the ostrich burying their head in the sand. If you put your head in the sand, guess what gets exposed?
Indifference, apathy, and ignorance are bed fellows which allow others to take advantage of our system of government. This country was built on a set of principles that have stood the test of time. Part of the problem is too many think their vote doesn’t count when it does, or the system is rigged. If it didn’t matter, why is there so much voter suppression.
The other problem is civics education has been taken out of the schools. I remember taking civics classes when I was in school, but then again, I over 60. Justice Sonia Sotomayor and fellow Justice Neil Gorsuch in their CBS Sunday Morning interview with Mo Rocca said that only 25% of American citizens can name the three branches of government. What is funny, but sad is the fact that 10% of the population think that Judge Judy is one of their colleagues.
Justice Sandra Day O’Connor developed a video program (www.icivics.org/about) to teach kids about the democratic process. She said that it’s not something that gets passed down through the gene pool, it must be taught and learned anew by each generation. There is a video game titled “Win the White House” and “Do I have a right” which covers protection under the United States Constitution.
There was a time when politicians worked across the aisle to get things done. Now it’s party politics over anything else, and as a result, nothing seems to get done. Normal people who have a job to do, and don’t do their job, are fired. Politicians go through a long legal process. Politicians are usually replaced by other politicians from the discretion of the voters during elections.
Some people are learning what is not healthy for the country. We should be constructive, not destructive. Faith, commitment and the principles of democracy are more important than a political stand.
The last political man to take a stand was Senator John McCain. He was the gladiator who defied the party and stood up against the man who wanted to be king.