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October 08, 2008

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cait

so true! one of my friends told me a few weeks ago that she was going to vote for Barack Obama because "at least he looks like he knows what he's doing." it just concerns me that so many people I know--Christians who I've either grown up with or gone to school with--aren't thinking about the issues but are instead turning it into a popularity contest.

Colin O'Bryant

I love the observations and advise Aaron! I saw that conversation after the debate, and I distinctly recall thinking how messed up the logic behind the "seems presidential" statement was. How ironic that we have greater access to information than at any time in history, and the potential for self-education is seemingly unlimited, but our people are the least educated they've ever been.

Just yesterday I was talking to a friend about the election and in particular this "Acorn" group that has been notorious for rounding up shady characters with felony convictions, homeless people, among others to register them to vote. Acorn is being investigated in several states for illegal voter registrations and fraud. (It also just happens that probably 99% of the people they register end up voting democratic.) In regards to that group and the basic political ignorance we see all around us during election season I couldn't help but say to my friend "There should be mandatory literacy tests for voters." I kind of caught myself on that one...I'm pretty sure that's a trick they used to employ to keep former slaves from voting after the Civil War. I don't think I want to take that approach.

In Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar" the Mob is one of the central characters. The Roman general public is repeatedly shown to be uneducated, overly emotional, prone to riot and able to be pacified with simple mind-numbing entertainment. I suppose not too much has changed in 2000 years.

One thing we've got to accept about democracy is that it is going to be messy and slow and in many ways sub-optimal. Millions of people with little insight will vote and choose our leaders. However, it is the very fact that everyone gets a say which makes democracy so special. China is able to make very drastic and quick moves because of their autocratic style. But who wants that when it so often requires trampling on the basic freedoms for individuals that we cherish?

God bless America and our ridiculous elections...and in the meantime I hope a lot of people read your post and take the advise!

Ryan

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
-Benjamin Franklin

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never can be.” - Thomas Jefferson

Katie

Another great post.

Unfortuntely, the more I look and listen to both candidates, the more I dislike them both. I feel like this election I am forced to vote for the one I think will do the least amount of damage.

Mocha Dad

I like the section on critical thinking. I wish more people would take your advice.

Carol Prentiss

Hey great blog Aaron. I think people are so busy today that they don't have time to research, they want quick answers, and when they aren't busy, they want to be entertained, even by presidential candidates unfortunately. They may pick someone just if they sound good and look good, and not even look at decisions the candidate has made in the past.

Thea

Great blog - there are so many half truths anymore. We could use a good dose of "homework" on a variety of topics but thanks for getting people thinking.

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