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October 29, 2010

Alas, none of my readers qualify

“If You Don’t Know What’s Going On, Don’t Vote”

You know who you are. You’re kind of Americans whose principal source of “historical” information is Hollywood movies such as Oliver Stone’s “JFK” or “Nixon.” Your environmental “expertise” begins and ends will Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” Economics? “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.”

Your reading material, for those of you who haven’t yet reached the conclusion that reading is for “nerds,” is dominated by magazines or internet sites dedicated to celebrity gossip or the latest trends and fashions. Your knowledge of the Constitution? Nil. “American Idol” and/or Kim Kardashian? Chapter and verse.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 29, 2010 8:20 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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FWIW: America has almost never had a majority of adult citizens voting in either Presidential or midterm elections. If you factor in local and odd-year state elections, etc., you have maybe one third of adult Americans exercising their right to vote all told. If you then include those very large periods where more than half of American adult citizens were not franchised, the historical cumulative average is maybe less than 25% since the country's inception. We've done remarkably well as a country with those averages; way better than the Europeans with their much larger voting percentages.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at October 30, 2010 2:21 PM

Yes, D.R. Because and not in spite of.

Posted by: james wilson at October 31, 2010 9:42 AM

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