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The Importance of Electoral Education and Voting

Scene_at_the_Signing_of_the_Constitution_of_the_United_States

(A reflection upon our election…and what the Founding Fathers of our nation thoughts were towards voting and how important it was)

Americans HATE electoral politics. How else can you explain the low turnout year after year and the immense relief that comes on the first Wednesday of November (the day after Election Day)? They are continually bombarded with ads on the television, the radio, in their mailbox and their neighbor’s front yard. Once Election Day passes, they won’t have to worry about being called at night for the sixth time in seven days asking them who they plan to vote for or why they should vote for this candidate over the other. For many, they simply cannot wait until this is over, for life to return to normal. They either don’t plan to vote or they go into the voting booth and check off the most familiar names they see without really thinking about the consequences.

With Congressional approval well below 20 percent one would think that Americans would be energized for change. Perhaps the problem is that they just don’t feel that their votes will matter or they don’t know who or what these candidates really are. Others lament the “dirty politics” of negative ads. The truth though is that negative campaigning has been around almost as long as the nation has existed. Continue reading

Dick Lugar – Ungraciousness in Defeat

Dick Lugar, U.S. Senator from Indiana.

As everyone I am sure knows, US Senator Dick Lugar – seemingly an Indiana institution – lost in a primary to State Treasurer Richard Mourdock last night.  And make no mistake, Lugar lost this race as much, or perhaps even more, than Mourdock won it.  When you have a giant cash advantage and still lose by 20 points, it is very telling about how the voting citizenry feels about you (and your campaign).  Dick Lugar, after serving for SIX terms in the US Senate, lost 60-40 to a State Treasurer.  That just is not supposed to happen (either because you aren’t supposed to spend six terms in the Senate or because an under-card office holder is not supposed to one of the most recognized figures in a state).

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