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Sat Aug 25, 2012, 08:52 PM

The Problem with Apathy

There is probably no better recipe for a dictatorial oligarchy than a democracy in which virtually nobody participates. Off year local races are the worst. Our recent school board elections saw the highest turnout in thirty years, at just under ten percent of registered voters - which is just under half of all eligible voters. A higher percentage of Soviet citizens chose their leaders.

On the national level turnout is higher but still low enough to affect the results in not pretty ways. Take this recent CNN poll for example.

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/cnn-poll-obama-lead-likely-registered-voters.php?ref=fpnewsfeed

While the race is a virtual dead heat among likely voters (a group defined by past participation in elections and answers to pollsters, among other factors), Obama enjoys a nearly ten point lead among registered voters.

'Likely voters have traditionally been a more Republican group in past elections because they tend to turn out in higher numbers than Democrats, and 2012 looks like it is no exception. This explains why the margin between President Obama and Mitt Romney is smaller among likely voters,' says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland."

As both Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore have both pointed out over the years, most Americans actually hold pretty progressive views on issues. And both (rightly) point to the effect of big money on politics as a reason for politicians ignoring the people's will. But the fact is, the problem also lies with not enough of the people expressing that will at the ballot box.

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arely staircase Aug 2012 OP
MrScorpio Aug 2012 #1
rhett o rick Aug 2012 #2
arely staircase Aug 2012 #7
zappaman Aug 2012 #3
arely staircase Aug 2012 #4
ChairmanAgnostic Aug 2012 #5
Kalidurga Aug 2012 #6
arely staircase Aug 2012 #8

Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 08:54 PM

1. The problem with apathy is that no one really cares about it. nt

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 08:56 PM

2. Cares about what? nm

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:10 PM

7. after i posted this i thought it would be funny if nobody even bothered to read it

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 08:57 PM

3. Oh, who cares? n/t

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Response to zappaman (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:00 PM

4. ageist!

i was on that jury.

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Response to zappaman (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:09 PM

5. I just can't get worked up about it.

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Response to arely staircase (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:26 PM

6. huh

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 12:20 PM

8. exactly

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