Thanks for offering the candid reality that no one dares to utter in Sacramento or D.C.: The potential electorate is abandoned because they are not trusted. Why would anyone want an abused and angry dog off its leash? Will there be an FDR, or a dictator that finally throws them a bone? First come first serve?
The question is not "if we could inspire more people" but why a local or national effort is never made.
It's never been done in Humboldt County, so we are forced to wonder what would happen if canvassers no longer had to skip 5-10 homes to find the next Dem/Grn/Ind voter? For example, what if volunteers took the trouble and demonstrated the interest in educating each unregistered household on Cheryl Seidner's actual leadership credentials and 27 years of public service ensuring that underprivileged kids get a college education?
The next lost opportunity in this unbroken legacy will be Eureka's popular Fair Wage Initiative that registered more voters with a tiny handful of volunteers than the HCDCC has registered in years. Is the HCDCC or the Greens gearing up to educate and register non-voting households on this fundamental democratic issue?
We can continue to bitch about the unwashed masses, or we can decide to pass the soap.
I too use to think that more people should vote, but I've come to realize that most non-voters are so entirely uninformed that we may better off with them not voting!
IF we could inspire more people to have the intellectual curiosity to want to know something more about the issues we face as a society and to not assume that any one media sources is giving them both sides of every story, then I would be pleased to have those folks vote.
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
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