ArtRiver image
Contact us phone
Capital square icon
Help wanted aug16
Help wnated jan16

Twitter icon

Electorate Over Elections
By Sue Long

Why should we focus on the electorate and not the election anyway? The average American does not understand the Electorate is the key and therefore concentrates on elections instead. Let me explain. A candidate rarely seeks to influence voters by conducting an educational campaign. Instead, political parties and most candidates conduct polls finding out what people are thinking and then fashion campaigns based on the results. Once in office the candidate, lacking a true education, slowly loses their way into the trappings of what they perceive as their proper role. What should be obvious, if real change is desired, is an informed electorate that will yield truly educated candidates. Help the voters in their thinking long before any election takes place. Educated candidates can only come from an educated electorate.

In a free society the people, or the electorate, decide. For the people to decide well, they must themselves be informed. The information received by the majority of today’s citizens is filtered — through political parties, public schools, or social and mass media. What anyone gets from these sources alone is never adequate. You should agree without an educated electorate, no solution seeking real change will work — short or long term. Education is the key.

Regrettably, on the conservative side of the equation, only a handful of groups endeavor to educate the electorate and a far smaller fraction of those have any companion action program energizing members in a nationally concerted way to apply this knowledge. One is nothing without the other, similar to having a Ferrari with no gas.

Think back. Can you imagine what would have happened if Washington, Adams, and Jefferson had just waged an educational campaign without any action applying it? Mother England’s increasingly harsh rule would not have changed. America’s founders already lived within a system completely intolerant of even an educational endeavor. Education and action were both required then, and they still are today.

Today, a myriad of groups ranging from local to national in scope operate within a broad social and economic space. Most groups are mono-focused and single-issue, concentrating on what they perceive to be the main issue. No single issue once solved will help restore our republic completely. All the issues must be worked simultaneously. Do not discourage involvement in single issue endeavors; just know more is needed to solve the greater problem of a government wildly out of control and arguably 80% Unconstitutional.

Voters in every election get excited about candidates. Candidates become instant heroes, even if the voter has never heard of them. They are bearers of the flag, champions on a white horse. All of the ills and woes of the country will be solved if we can just get "our guy” elected. Political parties and the candidates parties allow to proceed repeatedly win or lose based on the electorate’s education, experience, and self-interest. This is what "makes” votes. While all of what a voter believes in and how he or she votes results from the above combined, primarily it is their education weighing the most. Yet few outside the socialist movement understand and apply this most basic fact.

How an election turns out depends on work done — or not done — to educate voters prior to any ballots being cast. We cannot continue to expect educated candidates from an uneducated electorate.

 





Home delivery icon2
InBrief 13dec18

Twitter icon