November 11, 2003

The Bully Pulpit
So, this rather dry article from a P'town scholar on why people tend not to vote in their own interests barely scratches the surface. I agree that, clearly, there are a number of people who simply don't understand how certain politicians and political movements will, in the long run, effect their lives.

But I think the author, like so many in the media, seem to miss the glaringly obvious point.

Despite what people will tell you, most of them actually do assume that politicians are telling them the truth. Contrary to all the verbage that's been spilled on the subject, most voters will simply take an elected official at their word because they believe they don't have the luxury of fact-checking.

So, these folks only vote against their self-interest because they believe their actually voting FOR their self-interest.

They have been lied to.

And this is a concept that really needs to get some more airplay.

There are people, in positions of power in our country, right now, who will get on national TV, and simply lie to the American people.

Yes, there is such a thing as spin, but there is also such a thing as a lie, and I, for one, cannot wait for the moment in next year's debate, when Howard Dean calls President Bush a liar, to his face, on national television.
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