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.
Join the discussion either by logging in just below or by signing into your favorite 160social media outlet. If you’re having trouble, please follow these instructions to guide you! Thanks!