I received a comment in a previous post titled: Catholic Voter Guides, Abortion, School Choice?
The commenter was obviously vexed at my opinions on the upcoming 2020 election.
Excerpts of Comments
“The more I read about America and the beliefs and values of Americans, the more I realize just how screwed up the country is,,,,,,,. to suggest that people vote Republican because of abortion laws, is crazy…. Invoking the bible as a means of persuasion?”
The Purpose of This Post
Is to relate ancient proverbs of King Solomon and a statement made by Socrates, a philosopher known for seeking salient truth. He voiced his opinions on the failings of voters in a Democracy.
King Solomon 1000 BC
Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning! (Ecclesiastes 10:16)
Socrates 470 BC
“Socrates’s point is that voting in an election is a skill, not a random intuition. And like any skill, it needs to be taught systematically to people. Letting the citizenry vote without an education is as irresponsible as putting them in charge of a trireme sailing to Samos in a storm.”
What’s My Point?
If you consider how an average voter obtains information to choose someone he does not know personally from a list of 30 names of various candidates, what is a voter to do?
The truth is most voters rely on news media information which depends not on education, but on choices made by media owners’ guidance, Sadly, the media information being supplied can readily be discerned as bias by anyone simply changing channels or stations and discerning their comments and opinions.
So, what does an average voter do when he walks into a voter booth and starts checking his choices of names on the list?
My point is Socrates knew the salient truth about Democracy 2500 years ago, voting should be based on a skill not intuition. and the truth is most voters do not spend the time to educate themselves about the candidates because frankly it is too time-consuming a task along with many voters just plain not interested.
Instead, a typical voter walks into a booth and votes for a person he or she has never met and has no way to judge their character or political skills. They base their selection of a name identified by a political party and platform.
Sadly, some voters choose a candidate by an ethic name recognition they themselves may identify with.
My point is whoever wins will obtain power of office for two to six years that can be in reality turn out to be what King Solomon warned.
Woe to thee……………
In My Opinion
Frankly, I read both parties political platforms before I voted on my understanding of the what I surmise will be the reality of promises being made on political platforms and their past political accomplishments to avoid voting for an “empty suit” politician,
For example, our Nation is presently in debt in an amount of 23 trillion dollars and climbing rapidly because of the pandemic.
In Illinois, a blue State, the State debt is staggering which in my opinion is because voters keep voting for the same political party leadership that is responsible for running up Illinois debt. And frankly most Blue States have similar debt problems which is a reflection of voter’s choices of leadership.
Or in other words, many voters in Illinois are not listening or understanding what both King Solomon and Socrates warned us long ago what could well happen in a Democracy ,
In my opinion, the person who made the comment lives in another country. Somehow, she became vexed with my opinion why I believe Catholics should vote for a political party based on their political platforms. In other words, she has been influenced with information that is being transmitted to other Countries by bias and powerful influential media sources which may or may not be reporting the truth.
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Which political party platform will you vote for and actually believe the reality of their promises is achievable in a Nation with 23 trillion dollars National Debt?
If this post vexes you, is it because it is the truth or hype about voters not being skilled and voting on intuition rather than on issues?
Is using the Bible or a Voters Guide you trust a salient guide to help persuade a voter vexed on how to choose who or what issues to vote for really crazy, or wise, or foolish, in a similar way as Socrates example of sailing into a storm?
Regard sand goodwill blogging.
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