senschuh (senschuh) wrote in xwatchtowerx,

An informed electorate

If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. -Thomas Jefferson
An informed electorate is a necesity for a healthy democracy. Only the informed voter can make an intelligent decision on who is the best candidate for them. Uninformed voters at best act randomly and at worst fall prey to the allures of a demagogue.
Noting this, the media, the candidates, and the government should make every effort to educate the people on the issues. Yet even with our best efforts, some may avoid being informed yet still desire to cast a ballot. Therefore, the government should disenfranchise the uninformed. The uninformed merely muddy the waters and hamper the will of the people. Their vote should not be allowed to dilute mine.
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