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According to perennial Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, “The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.” Has this ever been truer?





Said Molly Sauter in the Los Angeles Times, Georgetown’s Jason Brennan also doesn’t think very highly of the American voter. The libertarian author blames the sorry state of U.S. politics on universal suffrage and recommends a political literacy test to cull voter rolls. This writer suggested the same in a blog months ago. To anyone familiar with critiques of democracy running back to Plato, who said such things as “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men,” Brennan’s argument “will appear solidly argued, even lively.” But he forgets, says Sauter, “Perhaps undereducated voters are less the problem than the government that’s spawning them.” Of course this is true, but might I amend Sauter’s observation to include the media:




According to Yahoo.com, A new American Psychological Association survey reports that 52% of Americans say they’re suffering from high stress levels because of the presidential election. According to Plato, perhaps things would be less stressful if they did something about it, and their own apathy!

Seems to me there’s plenty of blame to go around.

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  • EB

    Dead on once again. Collapsing structures rarely do so in an orderly predictable fashion unless their destruction is planned out. I feel like people are assuming we’ll know what it looks like when we’re “really” in trouble and THEN we’ll get the lead out. We have crummy voter turnout and of those that do turn out many are generally poorly educated and ill informed. Our demise is accelerating and not a steady state phenomenon. Every cicle the choices get worse which feeds into apathy which depresses interest and turnout and lowers the bar for performance and round and round we go. Instead of a merry go round maybe a picture of a toilet flush would have been more appropriate? Ok let me cool off and get back to my normally hopeful self. We certainly need to get it together fast because once that toilet handle is turned there’s no comin’ back! lol 😛

    • I went with the merry go around to connect with the title Plenty of Blame to Go AROUND. Toilet flush might work too.