We have the government we elect. Senators and Representatives regularly snooker their constituents by voting one way most of the time, and another completely different way during an election year. Sometimes they manage to vote one way ALL of the time and misrepresent it to the voters at home… and most people are none the wiser.
How many voters actually investigate the records of those who seek their votes? How many are even remotely aware of the real issues (as opposed to the campaign “talking point” fake issues) that are being faced? How many are willing to go along with the common good if it is at the expense of some local pork barrel project?
It takes a lot of effort to vote responsibly. It requires a fair degree of intelligence, as well as a willingness to roll up your sleeves and do the heavy lifting required to be educated about what is going on. Very few I think take this responsibility seriously enough to make a real difference.
And we have ASKED for this situation. Our society has conditioned itself to think that requiring basic intelligence of voters is racist and/or oppressive. We have convinced ourselves that everyone should vote, regardless of how stupid or irresponsible they may be. We count it a BAD thing when voter participation levels continue to fall, as if the lazy, irresponsible people who didn’t bother to register in the first place would have made a positive difference.
If I remember correctly, in the early days of our republic only land owners were allowed to vote. I think there was a lot of wisdom in that. Anyone who owns some property has proven themselves intelligent enough and resourceful enough to have acquired the land in the first place. Such people are much more likely to make an intelligent, reasoned, and impartial decision.
When most of the population is too lazy or stupid to bother registering to vote, and the bulk of those who do have only done so because some activist knocked on their door and signed them up, then we should not be surprised at the quality of the government such people have elected.
Love it or hate it, here it is the way we made it.
—An intelligent internet poster by the pseudonym of FYI Again discussing the voter apathy and ignorance in the United States. One can just say that in Canada, voter apathy and ignorance is no different and is a big problem here just as it is in the U.S.