Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Nothing can be Done
We're being told all the time that there are so many roadblocks to changing these things. We're then told that none of them matter. Our ADD-prone media system doesn't focus on a single story long enough for people to formulate opinions, or even consider long-term solutions to the problems. Take the recent mass shootings. People will largely be satisfied that the gunmen are soundly evaluated by psychiatrists and put before a jury that will find them guilty. But no one pays attention long enough for there to be a real discussion about the underlying causes of these things (and it's not just about guns). Those who do try to keep their focus on these big stories are told that they're being divisive, beating a dead horse, or that it's no longer relevent. But we can't hope to fix any of these problems with five-second soundbites.
And all of that comes back to voter apathy. People feel like they aren't informed, and so get tired of trying to keep up with the political stuff, especially when they're told that they don't reallly matter and that all their choices are the same. When the majority of undecided's don't vote, it leave the fringe groups more influence in the elections, leading to extremist officials running our country. People need to feel informed, empowered, and like they're part of our national discourse. These are real issues that need real solutions.