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Offline SirJohn

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Re: Thoughts on Democracy and Discussion
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2017, 04:28:50 pm »
People are stupid.  People have very high levels of debt, people borrow on their credit cards at 20% interest.  People can't even get their own house in order which is a pretty simple thing, how are we to expect them to stay informed & make the best conclusions about policy from that information?  Look at the debt governments in the West have because people want it all now & ignore future problems caused by it.

People are rushed. They have busy lives now, especially if they have kids. They have to prioritize their time to what's important. Keeping up on the news of what this or that politician or government is doing often isn't considered important. Why not? I think part of it, a strong part, is that people largely feel powerfulness to affect anything anyway.
What's the point in getting upset over this or that absurd government or political stunt when you can't do anything about it? You get a vote once every four years? Big whoop. There's millions of morons out there so your vote is essentially meaningless. Whatever happens happens. You have kids lunches to make.

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What good is majority rule when the majority are idiots, and the minority who have their shit together are made to suffer by the tyranny of the majority?

Yes, this is an old theme of mine. I've speculated about maybe making voter registration harder. Instead of sending people to your door make you go to a central place to register. Maybe make you answer a few questions to determine if you at least basic knowledge about what the hell is going on. Hell, maybe go back to the old days when the only people who got to vote are those who pay taxes and thus have skin in the game. Something which might (or of course might not) improve the quality of voters.
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