I don't mean an in-depth understanding, just a basic one of how government works and what each party/candidate stands for.
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Well said! I 100% agree.
Yeah, we live in a Plutocracy!
"Even when the candidates appeal to our sense of justice and our desire for peace and prosperity before they are elected, they just do the same as their predecessors once they are elected." - We can try impaling a few and see if things change.
I agree. At times I want to say people who are ignorant should not vote, but whoever would be in charge of sorting voters would have all the power.
To my knowledge the only people who are disinfranchised are those who do not register and do not choose to vote and convicted felons, many of who are able to regain their right to vote. Murder of one person by one person is as bad as a serial killer.
Very few people are voting the way it is. Should knowledge (of any kind) enter the equation, then even fewer people will vote. Would that change anything? Not at all! The voice of "we the people" never counted for much - ask corporate America!
Bravo STIGMA I couldn't have said it better.
There are many people who vote on name recognition alone or randomly vote lines where they don't know the candidates. They don't vote based on upon what they believe the government should do, they are just randomly filling out parts they don't know.
Almost everyone that vote votes on name recognition. People that know absolutely nothing about politics very rarely vote, and the ones that do tend not to influence the vote either way. As you say they are random. There would be random votes for all
You have to take a course in government (Civics when I was a student). You just had to pass it--not understand it or even agree with it.
Is reality not what we make it?
There is a shared reality in this physical universe yes..the solidity of things ...then there is "A Separate Reality" according to Carlos Castaneda and others..,then there is "actuality.." They are distinct from each other even if overlapping...
There are two questions asked here. One is about understanding politics and the other is about understanding government. I am hereby changing my answer to No, Yes. Nobody understands politics completely...except maybe lying politicians.
It is easy to get government and politics confused. Government represent the rules that are to be used to run a system that is aimed at providing services. Politics exist to disrupt that process.
Voting is but the casting of an opinion, yes. But the casting of it has an effect on all of us, so one would hope that it is an informed opinion, which is entirely different to a "correct" opinion.
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