Thursday, May 29, 2008

And I Wonder Why Young People Vote Liberal...

My sister was studying for a high school civics exam the other night and had to ask me what rights were protected under the 1st Amendment. She got "speech" and "press" but not freedom of religion, assembly, and right to petition.

Apparently they (very briefly) studied the 15th, 19th, and 26th (voting rights) amendments and a handful of others but didn't even focus on the 1st ten in the BOR. She had no idea what the 3rd, 9th, or 10th were (although most schools generally ignore those as much as they do the 2nd) What was probably even more astounding is she couldn't even name a single sitting Supreme Court Justice. I even gave her hints, I.E. "name the black guy" or "Name a woman" but she didn't have a clue. Then again, in my Con Law Commerce Clause class we were asked to name the sitting justices on the final and a good portion of the class couldn't do it. That's disgusting considering we studied Con Law the entire semester.

This is in an Honors Level Junior year Civics class and my sister is a bright girl. Apparently they now combine Civics and Econ into one class and Civics gets the shaft most of the year. When the Constitution and the principles and fundamentals surrounding it are never taught or merely glossed over it's not surprising that people eagerly vote for hope, change, and socialism.

Oh, and she uses the same textbook I used in high school. Those books were quite a few years old when I took the class.


mike's spot said...

if they don't give you facts, what are left with besides emotion to dictate your voting prowess?

why put thought into something when you can just vote on a whim.

Anonymous said...

if you are wondering why people vote liberal then look no further than the joke conservatives are. The sold their beliefs for power and look where it got them.

We are no better off then when the moron in chief took office. Literally, the DOW is almost at the same number, the number of jobs, savings rate..

conservatism is a theory just like creationism

Mike W. said...

DV - So is contemporary liberalism, only it's been shown to be a proven failure throughout history.

People vote liberal because they aren't taught the principles of this great nation. They aren't taught the purpose of government, the nature of rights, or how to think logically & rationally for themselves. If anything, the system fosters loyalty to and dependence on the State.

Mike W. said...

And Mike - Emotion and ignorance are the greatest tools of politicians, governments, and tyrants. They have a vested interest in making sure the education system breeds ignorance, dependence, and emotion-based thought.

Why? because those folks vote, and ignorant citizens who "feel" based on emotion rather than think via logic and reason are much easier to dupe. Rational, logical, independent thinkers are much harder for the government to control.

Not only that, but if you can control them by keeping them dumb and satiated you don't even need to use force to keep them shackled and subjugated.