Vote Vote Vote -- But are you really in the know

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Olsen Ziegler Realty

I watched this funny, but tragically sad video on quizzing some young Americans about basic civics who either don't know:

  • The name of the Vice President
  • The name of the Speaker of the House
  • The name of the Senate Majority Leader
  • # of members in the House of Representatives
  • # of members in the US Senate
  • # of members on the US Supreme Court
  • etc.

I'm not saying this video is representative of young Americans, heck, it might apply to anyone over the age of 18, it does make me wonder how that civics class didn't sink in more.

What it does make me wonder though, there is this huge push by "the parties" to get out the vote.  Yup, vote, vote, vote.  I wonder how much ink has been spent in the past 4 weeks alone on junk mailers in hopes of swaying voters.  I just throw 10-20 of these out every single day. 

While I don't claim to be totally "in the know", I vote by mail.  Did weeks ago.  So...I love voting by mail, as I can have the ballot in front of me, and spent 5-10 minutes per each individual vote and research the 2-4 candidates for each office, local issues, etc.  I spend more time if I feel I need to.  Because I do not have a particular party affiliation, I try and vote for whomever I think will do the best job, I really want to evaluate the candidate and what they stand for, to see if it really lines up with my thinking, etc.  Most of the time, it's a lesser of X options, sad but true.

That said, makes me wonder if The Peter Principle is at play here: Rise to the level of your incompetence.  I've also read that 1 in 5 Americans can't find the USA on a map.

While I say yes, go vote...I sure hope everyone really knows what and whom they are voting for (to the best of their abilities), and not just tow the party line.


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Chris:  The statistics you quote here ... and that I have also seen, scare me.  How in the world are we promoting kids in school that do not know these basics?  This basic information needs to be more important to us all.  The fact that our children (and many adults) do not know these basics, needs to be more important to us as well.  Voting needs to be important.  I join you in hoping that it was important to many today ...


Nov 02, 2010 02:45 PM #1
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San Diego, CA

When I was young, way back in the 1960s, it was the minorities who didn’t know all that. Now it seems to be prevalent. What I like seeing after the elections are just who the people were who voted. After all, the number of voters is rarely, if ever, more than 50% of the registered voters. Here in California we have 37,000,000 residents, with something like half of those being eligible to vote, 17,000,000 actually registered to vote, but only about 7,000,000 who vote.

Nov 03, 2010 08:49 PM #2
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Unfortunately, with all the negative ads, and the nasty campaigns, many people shy away from the whole situation.    In Denver there was only one candidate that did NO negative ads.    Like Russel stated about California, Colorado had about a 50% turnout also.

Nov 04, 2010 03:35 AM #3
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Gene -- It sure does make one wonder, unfortunately.

Hi Russel -- Sad state of affairs all around regarding participation.

Hi Joan -- I too tune out to all the ads and it seems to get worse with every election cycle.

Nov 09, 2010 01:36 PM #4
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