On Voter apathy

Plato once said, “The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men”.

He also said, “No man is hated more than he who tells the truth”.

Thus, as men grow more uninformed and corrupt, they hate to be corrected, and love to be ruled by evil men.

The stages of deterioration of a nation were described very well by Plato.

In Vallejo today, many of those in leadership positions constantly advise us to be calm and not to disagree, as massive problems confront us.  They say the worst thing is to be disagreeable.  Umm, with problems like these in front of us, disagreeableness in the past would have saved us from a lot of them.  We are advised to be quiet and not rock the boat.   The boat can use a good rocking, by a person who knows how to get it to it’s best destination.  The same city wide power players, who rarely attend public meetings and rarely speak publicly, as they think they are too important to be bothered with the common people, throw their money around and try to influence elections.  They have been doing this for decades, and they seek the acclaim of man,  power, and money. That is the only reason why they are involved in politics at all. Judge them by the results.  Their leadership and lack of foresight is what got Vallejo into this mess.

Vallejo and America has a huge problem with indifference and apathy towards public affairs.  In a city of over 110,000, a typical city council meeting attracts less than fifty citizens.  The school board meetings have the same issues.  What are the voters doing that is so desperately important?  Most are spending 9 years of their lives watching television.  70% of all clicks online are for pornography.  70 million Americans are on psychotropic drugs.  So, they aren’t avoiding these meetings, often, for good reasons.  It is because they place their selfish personal cares above that of the community at large.  Yet, these same people, are some of the ones who holler the loudest when anything goes wrong.

Vallejo has tens of thousands of eligible voters who don’t vote, and tens of thousands of eligible voters who do vote, but have not thoroughly researched the candidates and topics they are voting on.  Also, many of the voters have never bothered to learn history and are convinced their liking a candidate, a candidate being given a lot of money, or a candidate being backed by a lot of other popular people in the city is a good reason to vote for them.  Critical thinking is at all time lows.  We ought to be evaluating candidates by the standards of virtue and wisdom early Americans were evaluated on.  The common response to this, by the intellectually lazy, who are drones obeying the Google Gospel, is that there were faults in the past, so we don’t need to learn from it.  That’s totally false, history repeats itself.  Google, Silicon Valley, and the tech industry is woefully unaware of the fact that Greece and Rome were once the tech leaders of their day and ARE NOW IN RUINS.  WE ARE HEADED THERE.  The common man, when he hears something he finds interesting, but does not know much about, will run to Google, where he will be hopelessly muddled by the algorithms Google uses to sucker tens of millions all over the world. 

So, how do we deal with voter apathy?  We exercise our individual intellect, and we refuse to listen to those who constantly have been leading us astray for decades, in academia and the media.  We learn the logical fallacies and we learn to stop trusting and believing in ideas that are logical fallacies.

We learn to live virtuous and wise lives, for if we do not, our liberty is in jeopardy, and we will surely be slaves. 

The reader may be advised that the local News Papers, from the Vallejo Times Herald, the Contra Costa Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, along with national papers like the New York Slimes, and the Washington Compost and most of the others, may as well have editors in China.  They suppress the truth, and they post the most scurrilous nonsense.  Hellivision is the same way.  Even Fox news is not even conservative.  CBS, ABC, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS are decidedly left wing.  So is NPR.  Online, Google will eliminate conservative views with it’s algorithm, and Facebook will delete and block conservative commenters.  Huffington Post, CNN and the vast majority of left wing news sources are horribly biased disinformation sources who haven’t got any standards or historical concept at all.  Yet, they are paid vast amounts of money, and they are the major source of information for the vast majority of voters in the People’s Republic of California.

My experience is that 90% of Democrat voters in California have never read seven conservative news websites for two months of their entire lives.  Does any reader believe that anyone can reach a logical conclusion on any topic without thoroughly examining both sides?  If not, then we have a severe problem with tens of millions of voters becoming mindless drones, and simply allowing the media and Democrat puppet masters to manipulate them.

Worse, though 90% of Democrat voters have never read Breitbart, Daily Wire, National Review, TownHall, PJ Media, the Federalist, and American Thinker for two months of their lives, they will not find a problem with that.  They will defend their being uninformed on it, often.  A wise person will learn when they are shown new information, but a foolish person will scoff and scorn, and that is the attitude of most voters on the left.

The media shows us what they want us to see, to get us to say and do what they want us to do.  It wouldn’t work if the average voter was wise and virtuous, but they increasingly aren’t.  ‘My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge” said a wise man long ago.

So, will we awake to knowledge, wisdom, and virtue, or will we remain lethargic, in a stupor, and comatose?  The choice is ours.  Our future depends on it.

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