Why was voter turnout so low?

Is it okay to be so sick of local politics that we’ve just given up and don’t care anymore?

Absolutely! It’s our right as an American to vote or to not vote. To watch news or ignore it. To affiliate with a party or not at all. What you want to care about or not care about is your right.

But let me lay it out this way, should we stop caring? Most people, probably spent more time and effort acquiring information on which TV to buy than the last time they decided who to support for any elected office.

Is that because local elections are less important than a TV, or because selecting a county school board deals with complicated issues? More likely, it’s because when people choose a TV, they intuitively realize that the decision is likely to make a difference, whereas ballot box decisions are highly likely not to.

This seems like a good time to point out that this recent blame-the-public editorial isn’t just self-serving, it’s dead wrong.

This anti-professional attitude in journalism is nothing new, but it is, I believe, stronger today than it has been in generations.

The attention of the average citizen is not riveted on government. Many citizens can’t name their city council members, their representatives in state government, or their representatives in Congress. I venture to say that more people can identify Judge Judy or Judge Wapner than can identify the Chief Justice of the United States.

Some 70 percent didn’t vote in this past local election and the press will never let us forget that people pay little attention to the latest local happenings. Most of us are pretty much oblivious to something called “Make America Great Again” and other hot button issues of the day in Washington. If asked our opinion on the latest Omnibus Bill our answer would be “By God, if we owe it we ought to pay it!”

Unlike the press I’ll ask this hypothetical question:

Do you stop caring about taking medicine and seeking treatments to change your medical condition, all because of the failed past treatments, lying medicine companies, and greedy doctors? Because the moment you stop caring and trying to make change, the sickness, the ailment, takes over and destroys everything.

The body is your country. The condition is what’s wrong with it. The doctors are our politicians. The treatment are the polices. The medicine is your vote. As an individual we are responsible for this country. Because without us, we are just me. However together, it becomes “we the people.” And we the people can make a change.

Robert Ware

French Creek

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