posted on Oct, 3 2006 @ 06:06 PM
Lo, tis barely US election season and already the finite public consciousness is being crammed full of irrelevant, non-event news items. Wackos shoot
people and perverts prey on the vulnerable everyday, yet when this most important time comes for the World's most powerful nation it's politics gets
pushed way, way to the back of the mainstream news casts and newspaper pages.
Why is it that the majority of citizens regard politics as dry and boring? Why do most people eschew discussing politics openly in public? Why don't
people feel comfortable telling others who they voted for?
I don't think any one would class politics as unimportant or irrelevant, so why is it treated with such apathy? To excuse the apathy by claiming
ordinary citizens cannot change their governments' actions and policies is incorrect. It is actually due to this apathy that governments even consider
carrying out actions and policies that they know are domestically unpopular.
So you've decided to shake the apathy and get politically motivated and informed? So you switch on the news and are bombarded 24/7 by the latest
school shooting, or a hijacked plane in Turkey. The only political story you're given is a lurid scandal involving the sexual habits of a congressman
and teenage boys. How sensational, but utterly trivial when compared to the major political issues that are being treat like the proverbial elephant
in the room.
So what to do about it? Resign yourself to the democratic platitudes that so effortlessly roll off politicians' tongues? Convince yourself that you
actually are well informed and that when you vote you've enforced your will on your government?
This is a big problem people. It does not just concern the United States either. It's not a new problem and I cannot see any way of fixing it. We need
to fix this problem. It's the publics duty to fix this.