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Originally posted by tongluren at 2008-1-21 14:04
Hmm...., the "we're but impotent" defense. That's a new one. Are Americans not supposed to be the masters of their nation's actions and decisions, given the vast superiority of liberal ...
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America is the epitome of liberal democracy, is it not? So the goodwill of the people must be translated into good deeds, would it not?
Yes, you're right, it was all lies (I'm american). Living in the US I felt very little power to do anything. Especially after seeing Bush win over Gore when the votes were in question, MANY people became disheartened and realized (if they didn't know it before) "Our votes don't really matter". It's a shame, because if EVERYONE voted maybe the people really could make a difference, but:
1 - turnout is very low and
2 - Average Joe isn't TRULY informed of what's going on. Watching the 7pm news between dinner and helping your kids with their homework just isn't enough. That's only the surface brainwashing part of the news, but Average Joe doesn't have the time or energy to care deeper - he's busy working to pay his bills and spend a little relaxing time on weekends.
Honestly, for average people or lower (middle class or poor, which is most of the people in any given country) they're often happy enough if THEIR life is going ok. When my dad gets home from work, he wants to eat and relax. On weekends he does some odd jobs around the house and spends time with his grandson.
That's a middle class working life.
But the goodwill of the people IS translated into good deeds if you look, and if you know where to look. I'm talking about the small but full-of-heart grassroots movements that often are the seeds of change... America is one of the top countries for volunteerism - a LOT of people donate money to the poor or sick, or donate their time, or donate their gently-used old items when they get new ones.
So what's an american like me to do? Volunteering makes people feel they are *doing something*. Voting feels like such a small thing, such a tiny quick miniscule thing to me. So what? I canceled out my father's vote. Big deal. We may as well have agreed to just sit home.
That's a common feeling, so many people just sit home.
I got it!!!
How about if you get CREDITS to vote??
Like, for every hour I spend learning or researching the true issues, I get a credit. So my vote is worth more than my neighbor's. haha! That would be so cool!!!!
But impossible. The gov't wouldn't want to encourage us doing research.