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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Do We Really Deserve A Good President?

Here's the Nonsense:  Americans are good people and we deserve to have good leaders in elected office.

Here's the Horse Sense:  Americans have long ago dropped the ball when it comes to civic responsibility.  If we don't do our part, we don't deserve the benefits that come as a result of a populace that is politically involved.

Newsmax is reporting about Fox's Neil Cavuto doing an interview with former New Hampshire Governor (and Bush chief of staff) John Sununu said, "I really think that about a third of this electorate will line up tomorrow and make up their mind as they're walking to the box to cast their vote."  If Americans really don't make up their mind who to vote for until they're at the polls, then they really don't deserve a good president or any other good elected official.

The problems in America are of our own making and the above quote shows it.  It was said that large numbers of people who went to the Iowa caucuses didn't decide until they were at their caucus.  Now we're hearing something similar for the New Hampshire primary.  This all boils down to Americans not doing their civic duty to be involved in our political system.

Many blame it on the fact that schools don't teach civics any longer.  They say that people don't learn about what they're supposed to do and how important civic involvement and voting is to our nation. But the fact is that it's not a school's job to educate our students.  It is a parent's job to make sure their children are learning what is important for life.  And if today's voters didn't learn in their schools, their parents dropped the ball and didn't teach them what they should know.

Regardless, even if their schools and parents didn't teach them, as adults we all are capable of learning on our own.  If we are so foolish to think voting is a minor activity and don't take it seriously, then we don't deserve election results that reflect a well thought out choice.

The old saying that people get the government they deserve is true.  Thomas Jefferson spoke of the fact that a nation cannot be ignorant and free.  But like the three monkeys who cover their eyes, ears, and mouth, we have not wanted to accept that anything evil might be happening.  So we have ceased keeping watch over things and holding people to accountability.  And if Sununu is even remotely accurate, we don't deserve to have a government that serves the people.

If this election ends up with poor results, we only need to look in the mirror to see who is responsible.