Like many of my fellow bloggers, I have been avoiding anything political. But last night while watching TV, I was struck by the utter stupidity of people.
Late night TV is entertaining. Jimmy Kimmel has a segment where a man interviews people live on the street. It is funny. Or sad. The interviewer will ask questions based on some event that has either not happened yet or never did. The episode I was watching had the interviewer asking questions about the presidential debate BEFORE it happened.
The people were all ages and lifestyles. What they had in common was their willingness to be interviewed. And that they all lied about having seen the debate. They all enthusiastically joined in the description of scenarios presented. It was funny. Those people will see themselves on TV and feel foolish, right?
The more I thought about it, though, the more depressed it made me. These people will vote and they are sadly uninformed. How many people out there have no clue about the issues. They have done absolutely no research about the candidate they support. They have no clue where their candidate stands on issues that will directly impact their lives.
This is not a popularity contest like grammar school when you voted for the prettiest girl or the cutest boy to be class president. Republican or Democrat matters not. Ignorance seems to rule the day lately. I bet most people can't tell you why they voted for a candidate. I have asked some people and the answers make me sad. "Because I have always voted Republican/Democrat, just like my Daddy and his Daddy did." "My husband decides who we vote for." "I don't know, I just like the way his/her name sounds."
In this time of instant news being reported and access to so many ways to do a little research on the candidates, why would you not take advantage to learn more in order to make an informed decision? This not only makes me sad, it makes me mad that my children and their children have this to look forward to in the future.