Skip to comments.The price of political ignorance: More government
Posted on 01/02/2014 10:02:16 AM PST by DWar
It was naughty of Winston Churchill to say, if he really did, that the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. Nevertheless, many voters paucity of information about politics and government, although arguably rational, raises awkward questions about concepts central to democratic theory, including consent, representation, public opinion, electoral mandates and officials accountability.
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Ask yourself this. What are the names of the two United States Senators from my state? What is the name of my representative to the House of Representatives? What is their respective political party affiliation? Can you name the three branches of federal government and generally what they are responsible for?
Should there be a quiz required of people before they are allowed to vote or should the politically ignorant be allowed to have the exact same electoral power as an informed voter?
What is the name of my representative to the House of Representatives? What is their respective political party affiliation? Can you name the three branches of federal government and generally what they are responsible for?
Sen Udall Democrat
Sen Bennet Union Thug (claims Democrat but he knows what’s good for him)
Rep Polis Communist (Claims “progressive caucus Democrat, but Allen West is right, that makes him a communist)
Executive-Total dictatorial power
Legislative-Spend piles of money to buy votes for themselves (also yes men for the executive branch)
Judicial- Makes laws
Congratulations! Here’s your ballot.
LOL, Are you my neighbor ?
The following is excerpted, with permission, from an essay in "Our Ageless Constitution":
"In order to remain free, the Founders said, the people themselves must clearly understand the ideas and principles upon which their Constitutional government is based. Through such understanding, they will be able to prevent those in power from eroding their Constitutional protections.
The Founders established schools and seminaries for the distinct purpose of instilling in youth the lessons of history and the ideas of liberty. And, in their day, they were successful. Tocqueville, eminent French jurist, traveled America and in his 1830's work, DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA, wrote:
".every citizen ... is taught . the doctrines and the evidences of his religion, the history of his country, and the leading features of its Constitution ... it is extremely rare to find a man imperfectly acquainted with all these things, and a person wholly ignorant of them is a sort of phenomenon."
On the frontier, he noted that "...no sort of comparison can be drawn between the pioneer and the dwelling that shelters him.... He wears the dress and speaks the language of the cities; he is acquainted with the past, curious about the future, and ready for argument about the present.... I do not think that so much intellectual activity exists in the most enlightened and populous districts of France' " He continued, "It cannot be doubted that in the United States the instruction of the people powerfully contributes to the support of the democratic republic; and such must always be the case...where the instruction which enlightens the understanding is not separated from the moral education.."
Possessing a clear understanding of the failure of previous civilizations to achieve and sustain freedom for individuals, our forefathers discovered some timeless truths about human nature, the struggle for individual liberty, the human tendency toward abuse of power, and the means for curbing that tendency through Constitutional self-government. Jefferson's Bill For The More General Diffusion Of Knowledge For Virginia declared:
"...experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government), those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny; and it is believed that the most effectual means of preventing this would be, to illuminate...the minds of the people...to give them knowledge of those facts, which history exhibiteth. History, by apprizing them of the past, will enable them to judge of the future...it will qualify them judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views.."
Education was not perceived by the Founders to be a mere process for teaching basic skills. It was much, much more. Education included the very process by which the people of America would understand and be able to preserve their liberty and secure their Creator-endowed rights. Understanding the nature and origin of their rights and the means of preserving them, the people would be capable of self government, for they would recognize any threats to liberty and "nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud." (Adams)
Agreed. But you gotta start somewhere!