No, you don't "get it".
Not voting simply doesn't merit your simple-minded characterization of the vast majority of a nation's citizens as "spoiled, uncaring children" any more than utilizing public services merits the characterization of "Those People" as "takers".
Short of "bigotry", holding opinions that disregard facts is clearly "prejudice".
"Those People" are no more, and no less, irresponsible than is the nature of our species. They are us, you silly person! For example, it is irresponsible to publish any article omitting the subject's overwhelming context which has effectively become taboo in contemporary media. Do you think it's a coincidence that you can find articles condemning other nation's "undemocratic" and "illegitimate" elections where half the nation abstains, (compared to our 70%)?
Too bad you've never registered voters on any issue...anywhere... or you would understand how "Those People" are receptive to education and care deeply about their culture once someone, anyone, takes the time and interest to explain the relevance of an issue to them, otherwise, you'd think that more than 10% of our nation's best and brightest university graduates would vote.
This issue is far more complex than an individual's responsibility to merit your arrogance and prejudice.
OK, got it. You're rightfully angry at me, because I think people who don't vote are responsible for their not voting. And I'm a bigot, just like Rob Arkley. But I should canvass Eureka, a city in which I don't live, on behalf of your issue. Oh, and it's irresponsible to write about the transparency project without mentioning your concern about low turnout. Got it. Thanks for letting me know your thoughts.
Apparently your sophistry is as good as your writing.
1) “As far as I can tell, you are upset with me because I think people who don't vote are not fulfilling their responsibility as citizens.”
“Upset” and rightfully angry are very different, sorry if that disappoints you.
Maybe if I repeat my remarks with emphasis-added it will be clearer: It is inaccurate, self-serving, irresponsible, and arrogant of anyone (you) to demean the vast majority of your nation as uncaring, spoiled children, (your fellow citizens that are effectively written-off by local and national political parties, media and academia), based upon an intergenerational legacy of 30% voter turnouts.
Sadly, Rob Arkley Jr. utilized identical bigotry to yours at the Warfinger building last September 18th when he characterized 50 million impoverished Americans as “takers” for “not fulfilling their responsibility as citizens” by taking better care of themselves.
Maybe you can explain how you and Arkley’s demeaning characterizations of so many Americans will make them “more responsible”.
2) Unless there have been guns held to "those people"'s heads, or armed police preventing them from getting to the polling places, I think their decisions not to vote were irresponsible. "Victimhood" is just an excuse.
This point is particularly amusing because no one is holding a gun to local/national media’s head; there are no “thought police” or Stazi threatening to imprison journalists, and yet, widespread self-censorship (not your clever sophistry of “conspiracy”) ensures that the average citizen knows nothing of common public realities.
Unfortunately, this NCJ article provides another example of how easy, effortless, expected and IRRESPONSIBLE it is to have yet-another important election article published that is completely devoid of its single most overwhelming context, that the vast majority of Americans are fed-up with being ignored and lied to and they are not going to participate.
Please join in canvassing Eureka for the Fair Wage initiative so that you might shed your bigotry by understanding how quickly “Those People” sign up to vote for the first time when someone bothers to educate and register them over issues relevant to their daily lives.
As far as I can tell, you are upset with me because I think people who don't vote are not fulfilling their responsibility as citizens. If that's it, that's at least accurate, because I really do think that. Or perhaps you are upset with me because I don't think this is primarily due to a concerted conspiratorial effort by the media to suppress voter turnout and hide America's problems. That's OK, too, because I don't think that's the cause of low voter turnout.
In the meantime, I continue to feel that Americans can accomplish far more by writing-in Pee Wee Herman than by not voting at all, but I also continue to feel that only people with remarkably privileged lives and/or an overwhelming determination to ignore the obvious can truly fail to see the difference in people's lives between an Obama presidency and a Romney presidency.
A Nader presidency or a LaDuke presidency would be very different than a typical presidency, though Congress and the court would have prevented such an administration from achieving many of its goals, just as Congress and the court have prevented the Obama administration from creating as much change as it might have hoped to create. But the 70% of people who don't vote didn't think it was worth it to vote for Nader/LaDuke, either. Unless there have been guns held to "those people"'s heads, or armed police preventing them from getting to the polling places, I think their decisions not to vote were irresponsible. "Victimhood" is just an excuse.
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