It always amuses me how some people feel we need more educated voters. What they mean are we need more voters who see their side of the story.
A good example is a recent ‘letter to the editor’ in the Tallahassee Democrat. The writer was critical of US Rep. Steve Southerland, who I classify as a moderate Republican, and ended his letter with this statement: “An educated voter along with election finance reform is our only hope for saving some remnant of democracy.”
Depends on who the ‘educated voter’ is.
An educated voter, in my opinion, is one who keeps up with current events and has knowledge of political candidates and issues; who studies the ramifications of impending legislation and can form his or her own conclusions about its effect on people’s lives.
I don’t believe an educated voter means a person who is particularly a Democrat, Republican, independent, liberal, conservative, capitalist, socialist, etc. Instead, it’s a voter who considers issues and candidates and then makes a decision that he or she feels comfortable with.
There are many uninformed or, to stay with this theme, ‘uneducated voters’ in this country. They come in all stripes. And both political parties prey on them ... and depend on them for certain blocs of votes.
There are also doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and other highly educated people who are Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives.
Education may have something to do with making good decisions but it doesn’t mean you’re a bleeding heart liberal or a diehard conservative, or anything in between – that’s determined by one’s nature. Nor does a lot of education mean a person is smart.
But what many so-called educated people are really attempting to do is make you think they’re smarter than you are; that they have all the right answers. These people are usually involved in certain special interest groups, or they are hired lobbyists, lawyers or public relations specialists. In other words, they get a benefit.
It’s pretty simple, really. When it comes to the question of government, educated conservatives think it should be smaller and educated liberals think it should be bigger.
So much for educated voters. People are going to vote the way they see fit.