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June 17, 2013



I think the big problem is that far too many simply see voting as their contribution to preserving the republic. They vote for the choices they are given. The lack of involvement at the different levels of the election process is troubling. Good people are intimidated to participate within the party system and in many ways are railroaded out of the process if they dare show up. Also, there is far too much emphasis on the national stage. Local, county and state elections are considered off elections if there is no presidential run. Voter education is also an issue. We shouldn't base our votes by party affiliation. Remove the party names from the ballot and require voters to be informed about the individuals. It's easy to blame the system but really it falls on all of our shoulders to be informed and participate at all levels. As Ben said, "A republic. If you can keep it."

Bill Geist

So true, Brian. And to your point, "They vote for the choices they are given," it's even more troubling that the choices are provided by the media. It's their decision on who and what to cover that determines the primary vote. And, yes...political party affiliation is the root of all evil. Whatever happened to People coming together for the common good?

Dave Harris

We have met the enemy, and he is us. Pogo had it right years ago. We are addicted to our own craziness, and we elect crazies to entertain us by spouting it.

Tim Morrissey

You've posed some questions which I don't think can be answered. Why would Wisconsin voters exchange Russ Feingold for Ron Johnson? (Perhaps because they were sick and tired of what they perceived as gridlock in DC, and they just felt like it was time for outski-putski.) Why then would that very same electorate put Tammy Baldwin in the other US Senate seat? Baldwin and Johnson are diametrically opposed on EVERYTHING.

Part of the answer, for sure, is that we vote for the candidates whose names are on the ballot.

I like the idea of removing party affiliation. If you don't know who's running and what they represent, you shouldn't vote in that race.

Good post, Bill. Thought-provoking.

Bill Geist

Bill Geist

Thanks for the kind words, my friend.

"I like the idea of removing party affiliation. If you don't know who's running and what they represent, you shouldn't vote in that race."

Oh my...let's take that further. Every voter must undergo a three question test to determine their qualification for voting. They must exemplify a cursory knowledge of the issues or candidates.

Sadly, voter turnout would drop to 3% and Jefferson would roll in his grave.

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