Are people too lazy to be responsible voters?
About 10 years ago, I kept getting phone calls from the Los Angeles Times pressing me to subscribe to their paper. At first I told them I didn’t have time to read it everyday and sometimes the paper would sit in my drive-way until I threw it away. And finally I explained, “to be honest, your paper is too liberal.”
I was surprised she thought I was talking about the size – I had to explain, “no, the paper’s point-of-view is too liberal.” I don’t think she understood. I don’t think she realized a paper is biased.
We are often confused by the wording — “Planned Parenthood” sounds like having babies, not contraception and abortion. Every bill you vote on has pages that try to explain their impact.
I’ve found that people mostly parrot what they’ve heard; and sometimes what they’ve heard is a big fat lie. As Winston Churchill said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on”.
The negative campaign ads against Romney and Ryan worked. People heard them, and they didn’t have the time or the inclination to find out the truth. It’s dis-heartening when people lie, and when you hear the lie repeated. Thomas Sowell reported that Romney ran a nice-guy campaign, and lost.
A young conservative Latina lesbian woman called Dennis Prager’s radio show last week. “Do your liberal friends condemn you?” he questioned.
“Yea,” she said, “They are basically too lazy to study the issues. Just too lazy.”
Are people too lazy or just distracted…. Obama golfed 104 times during his first term and only 3 times with a conservative. He doesn’t try very hard to reach across the putting green. It’s easier to sign executive orders.
But our laziness may come back to haunt us. We shall see.
“Have you noticed how many of our enemies in other countries have been rooting for Obama? You or your children may yet have reason to recall that, as a bitter memory of a warning sign ignored on Election Day in 2012.” (Sowell)