This election may be determined by undecided voters. Even though their numbers are low, with an election this close, they can make the difference. Some get frustrated with the fact that you can have such a stark difference in candidates, and still people can be undecided. Often times these are voters who are just not paying attention to politics. This has become much easier than ever before. The American people, using common sense, usually come to the right decision. If undecided voters choose to inform themselves, and accurate information is available, this common sense will come to the fore.
As recently as 25 years ago the opportunity to choose not to be informed, was difficult. You had to sit through the news of the day to get to your sports, weather, or entertainment information. With today’s technology, however , it is easier than ever to remain uninformed due to the many choices that people have available. Just as the avid news junkie can stay up to date from many sources of information, the uninterested can remain completely in the dark. A sports fan can use their free time to watch only ESPN, listen to sports radio, go to sports internet websites, and end up more informed than any previous generation on sports. An entertainment type can choose to watch only MTV, listen to their iPod, watch movies on their iPad, and read from celebrity websites. This person will know more information about Justin Bieber than anyone could have dreamed to know about Marilyn Monroe in her time.
All these selective choices permit people to be less informed on the issues of the day. People can consciously decide not to expose themselves to information important to this presidential election.
These issues might be important to consider before we reelect someone who will never have face the voters again. Most people do take their vote seriously, and will inform themselves before deciding. There are encouraging signs that the American people are choosing to pay attention. The record number of people who tuned in to the debates bodes well, as well as does the relatively low number of undecided in the latest polls. William F. Buckley once famously said, “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” I believe in this general sentiment of trust in the basic common sense of the American people. We can only hope that the remaining undecided voters choose to put down their “iDevice”, and inform themselves before they decide the fate of the country.
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