America's voter turnout rate has been steadily decreasing for the last few decades. Among the world's democracies, America has one of the lowest voter turnout rate, with only 40% of the population participating in elections, while other countries average around 80%.
Personally, I think this is a discrace. I believe that unexercised freedom will slowly become surrendered freedom. I fear that American citizens will become so politically uniformed and unactive that government will eventually operate entirerly behind closed doors. This is not the direction I want America to head towards, but I think it is where we are going.
I want people to be politically active, but I also want them to make informed decissions. I got in an argument today beause someone said they wanted to vote for something solely based on appearence. I told them that they didn't have the right to vote if that were the case. I consider voting like that equal to "political inactivity". Voting based on appearence is not voting; "voting" is more than checking a box - it is a process.
However, this belief I have is not set in stone. What do you think? Should people be voting if they are not politically informed? If not, how "politically informed" should you be?
Or is it your right to vote however you want, whether you have real justification or not? Isn't that the freedom we fought for?