Primary day is over in the A-K Valley and the results are in. With the exception of a couple of races, turnout was very low. It’s evident people don’t care and don’t want to be bothered with voting. Apparently, we are content to accept any person (genius or moron) that is willing to run. It’s a sad state of affairs that is only going to get worse as our public schools (like Highlands), continue to diminish the importance of History, Civics, Government and anything that has to do with patriotism. While our concern regarding math, reading and science may be commendable, our growing disregard for the Social Studies is appalling. With the state pushing standards that also devalue the social sciences, how crazy is it to think it’s a government plot to keep the electorate as stupid and uninformed as possible? It’s much easier for those in power to control a gaggle of nincompoops, than it would be to manage a well-educated and interested citizenry.
I don’t just have a problem with people not voting, I have a problem with the STUPID people who are voting. In my opinion, all of this is exacerbated by the lack of our schools having strong and relevant academic programs to address this problem. Honestly, how much time do we spend finding out information about the candidates, what they stand for and what their SPECIFIC plans are, should they be elected? How else can you explain the election of tax scofflaws, people with arrest records or dead people? It’s not only here in the A-K Valley but nationally as well. The people who founded this country planned ahead for many things. They were men of vision and conviction but, they NEVER could have envisioned that a nation of lazy, uninformed and uninspired voters, would be be electing the leaders of the future. That is not progress, it’s regress.
Remember the book, The Fall of the Roman Empire? We are living it! So much for learning from the mistakes of the past.