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why do people continue to complain about the government yet do not vote?

  1. profile image49
    mattmcnapaposted 8 years ago

    why do people continue to complain about the government  yet do not vote?

    is there an underlying belief that voting doesnt matter or are they just content to be miserable.

  2. Mr. Happy profile image82
    Mr. Happyposted 8 years ago

    The problem in North America (Canada and the United States) is that indeed voting is not as democratic as one thinks. Until the electoral system moves to one of proportional representation some of our votes do not matter much in my opinion.

  3. H P Roychoudhury profile image49
    H P Roychoudhuryposted 8 years ago

    The ideals of democracy are to cast vote and complain is a part of democratic function of the government. If there is no complain, there will be no correction in the activity of the  government.

  4. Dark knight rides profile image74
    Dark knight ridesposted 8 years ago

    I used to think like Mr. Happy, that our voting doesn't matter. But in truth, the only vote that goes through the electoral college is the presidential. So voting for congress, for your state and local government, and of course for the variety of issues that are on the ballot each year, every vote counts.

    And with the electoral college system, you vote can still matter. In many states, the delegates are bound to vote by the majority of votes cast in their district. In some places they can in fact vote however they want to, but generally speaking delegates tend to vote with the majority. But even if they didn't, if the majority voted against the delegate, it still sends a message.

    High voter turnout shows the government that we are watching and we do care about what they do and how they run our country. The problem is that we don't. We want to turn the responsibility over to someone else and say "Things are broken, fix them. Things are wrong and it's your fault, not ours!" We tend to act like children who expect mom and dad to fix everything, instead of taking the responsibility on ourselves and making an effort to create changes.

    The mortgage crisis is actually a great example. People bought into homes they knew they couldn't afford. Instead of researching and learning about what was being offered to them, they jumped right in, and when the bill came due they couldn't pay it. Of course not everyone did this, but the majority did. And when they couldn't pay, and banks had to foreclose, the house values dropped for everyone. Too many people looking for easy answers and quick solutions, instead of investing the time and energy in educating themselves.

    And then they blamed the banks. "Well, they said..." or "Why doesn't the government do something?" It became everyone else's fault, and everyone else should pick up the pieces.

    So what do we do? We take the time to learn about what our government is doing. We take the time to learn about the issues they are trying to decide for us. We take the time to look outside our own little world to see what is affecting everyone. And then we act. We vote. We protest. We email. We call. We write Hubs. We get the word out about what we learned and what we want and what we think should happen.  But that take's work. Are you ready to put in the effort?

  5. profile image45
    A Lascelleposted 8 years ago

    no, some people just exercise their right for your so called freedom, just because you are given the vote does not mean you have to use it. If there is nothing that rattles your insides from political parties and you realise you will be screwed which ever party gets to power, why vote ? It is easy to just vote for the sake of it, but this is a disingenuous move and is akin to following the herd. I for one have never voted and I am half way through my life now, why ? you will ask, because I have never heard or seen any politician that speaks from the heart or has passion to actually change anything, and it is no good using your standard response that if you don't vote you don't have a say, that is a propoganda slogan made by the political elite to make people feel guilty. People died in the ww2 fighting the greatest tyranny and threat to freedom this world has ever known, and they died for the freedom of choice, not for a vote, and unfortunately that counts for nothing anymore, especially when elected governments globally, are doing exactly what they choose to do and ignore their voters !

  6. Jeffrey Neal profile image84
    Jeffrey Nealposted 8 years ago

    A Lacelle, if you don't like who is arrayed before you as choices just vote the incumbent out.  Shake up the power structure.  Don't take offense, but I hate to see comments like yours that complain about politicians but don't even go out and write the little guy's name down.  Most national elections I'm voting against someone because few "rattle my insides" as you put it.  I have my say, and I say Change It!  Don't cop out...if you don't agree with the direction of things the only voice you have is the one you use.  A right not exercised is a right effectively lost.  Just my 2 cents anyway...

  7. Hi-Jinks profile image62
    Hi-Jinksposted 8 years ago

    Followers of Fox no less. People are burnt out by these firebrands and quit all together.They see no hope and do nothing.
    They are not told of the truth of anything, thus perpetually a myth of hopelessness.
    I feel sorry them. They were fed poison. This poisons our government.

  8. dabeaner profile image56
    dabeanerposted 8 years ago

    A good government depends on an intelligent and informed electorate.  There hasn't ever been one of those.

    So, the intelligent and informed see that their votes are inconsequential.  Then there are all the various factions, composed of idiots and ignoramuses who complain.  But any complaints they may have that are valid is due only to coincidence.

    BTW, Democracy is merely a political scam where minorities have been brainwashed into letting the majority do as they will with them.

    This country (the U.S.) was NOT founded by voting.  And over the years the electorate has pissed away the gift bestowed by the founders.

    Forget the fairy tales.  Might DOES make right. Might DEFINES right.
    http://www.bean-d.com/sovereign-living/ … -right.php

  9. profile image47
    sum1thatcaresposted 8 years ago

    Vote for who? I cant place a vote for people whom i dont trust. All i have to say to this is research.  Government have their own plans with or without your vote. Its not the vote that count we can all vote but its having the knowledge of who you are voting for.  What/who you are allowing to govern your life/country/freedom/rights. The question that maybe i would ask is" Why do people continue to complain about the government and do nothing about it, Why dont people stand up and fight for their rights and demand order" we see the damage that they have allowed and the theories that are said to be imment but yet people sit back and wait for it to happen and when it does go "I cant believe that, or Why ?"
    Why? I tell you why - its called Control by who well thats something you need to figure out.