How to Be Smart in a Country of Dumb Voters


English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t you just hate an election year?  There is honestly nothing more revolting than to watch a bunch of super rich men and women vomit campaign promises and feign empathy for the working class and poor.

And even more revolting are the people who go out and vote for these jerks and put them in office.  These super loyal supporters just love the speech that a candidate made, so they think it’s possible for them to change the world if we  give them a chance.  Or, even worse, they vote for the candidate who has the best hair or some other appealing physical attribute.  Even worse than that is the voter who doesn’t care what a candidate’s position is on anything, they only care about party affiliation.

My fellow Americans, let’s just admit that we live in a country full of dumb voters and scheming politicians who are chomping at the bit to take advantage of them and scam their way into office.   This is how it’s been for centuries, and I don’t see it changing anytime soon unless we stop being so complacent and do something about it.  And today I am going to share with you a few small ways you can be smart in a country full of dumb voters.

Do Your Research on the Candidates

Research is probably the most obvious thing a person should do when deciding who they will vote for in an election, but it isn’t something voters do that often.  When you do your research, consider the following short list of things to look for.

  • Get on the internet and get digging on any information you can about a candidate’s past voting record and how they handled situations in past elected positions.  This will tell you a lot about his or her position on issues.
  • Search for past interviews or debates on video or in print that might give you an insight on where they stand, and see if they have flip-flopped on previously held beliefs.
  • Get to know their story—who they are, where they come from.  Are they anything like you?  Can you identify with them?

Just doing those three things will help you become more informed about who is running for office.  And don’t just do that for one candidate, do it for everyone who is running.  You might be surprised who you end up supporting.

Ignore the Media and Attack Ads

This is somewhat related to the previous point about researching candidates.  And if you have any amount of sense, you know that the media is going to try to persuade you to vote for whomever their corporate overlords have anointed the Chosen One.  Just ignore it.

Furthermore, you should avoid listening to the campaign ads that run in between soap operas and prime time television shows.  They don’t give you any useful information about the people the ad is attacking or the candidate it is supposedly supporting.

Refuse to Vote

Most of you know the old saying, “If  you don’t vote, you can’t complain…”  That, my friends, is a load of crap.  If you have done your research on all the candidates and can’t find one you are that thrilled with, why should you bother going to the polls on election day?

Citizens United

Citizens United made it possible for the super rich to buy elections.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Consider, also, the recent Supreme Court decision on Citizens United.  Corporations have literally been given the right to buy elections.  The little guy’s voice has been silenced.  Your vote couldn’t possibly matter now (if it ever did before.)

You should spend your time protesting unjust court decisions like Citizens United and anything else that dares to control the people.  You should not sit back and take it, and sometimes a mere vote is not going to work to get your point across.

Do you really think that the people of Wisconsin voted to keep Scott Walker in after they fought so hard to get a recall?  Of course not.  He won that election because of the decision handed down in the Citizens United case.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is our fault that our country has become so divided and has so many corrupt politicians taking us for a ride.   We only protest when something goes wrong instead of fighting to make sure bad things don’t happen.  Are you willing to take the first step in cleaning up the mess we made?

What are you doing to help improve the quality of our government and our overall quality of life in the United States?

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  1. I always believe in my own research & ignore the ads and media…..and yes, when I don’t agree with either candidate I refuse to pick the better of two evils….that’s just wrong in my opinion.

    Stopping by from SITS!

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    • That’s great to hear, Bibi! And thanks for dropping by from SITS!

      I honestly don’t understand the better of two evils thing. I agree that it’s wrong. We’re being conditioned to settle, just settle, here…and wonder why we can’t get anything done.

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