“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” -Winston Churchill
It is incredibly hard to debate or even talk about politics, especially in our current political climate. Not because people are too sensitive or stubborn, but because many people are misinformed or apathetic.
It is disheartening to know that most Americans’ voices are not heard because voter turnout is abysmal. Even sadder is the fact that so many American voters are woefully misguided when it comes to history and current political topics. We all know these people; the ones who are blinded by party politics, arrogance, or stupidity. Voting is a privilege, and it should not be made a mockery by uninformed people or those that foolishly refuse to vote.
Daniel’s Future Regime Policy Reflection:
It seems logical to me to require some sort of aptitude test for people to gain the right to vote. The test would evaluate your basic civic knowledge. For example, people should be able to identify the incumbent and one of their policies if they plan to vote for that particular office. It would not be some elitist measure to suppress the vote. I just want intelligent people that have considered all sides voting on the future of our nation and its communities.
There are some flaws with my system. Voter turnout is already low so a test would probably negatively affect turnout. That is why we should make voting compulsory like in Australia. Everyone should have to take the test, and those that pass must vote. This system is also arguably undemocratic if you believe that the refusal to vote is a fair expression of civic duty.
Overall, voting is a vital part of our democratic institutions. And voting sometimes appears to be under attack by the ignorance of voters.