Post Tagged with: "voting"

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

159: Does Not Voting Indicate Consent for the Status Quo?

If there is such a thing as a civic religion, then voting might well be considered its high sacrament. We’ve all heard people say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.” But what should we make of those who say, “Not voting means you’ve consented to the status quo”? With another highly polarizing election cycle dead ahead, now is a good time to sort out what our vote represents and how consent plays into the way we choose to vote—or not vote.   Links mentioned: Lessons from a Lemonade Stand: An Unconventional Guide to Government by Connor […]
July 22, 2019
123: Another Election Has Passed…So What?

123: Another Election Has Passed…So What?

Another midterm election cycle has played out with its attendant pageantry and fanfare. For all the attention it garnered, we’re still left asking the question: Has anything actually changed? Have the “I Voted” stickers become the new participation trophy for modern Americans? Citizenship requires that we be engaged in our governance but we’re still left wondering if all the focus on the act of voting is as essential as we make it out to be. Join us as we examine some of the things good citizens should be doing outside of the election cycle.
November 9, 2018
113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

113: Are Ballot Initiatives a Bad Idea?

In a republic form of government, lawmaking is generally handled by elected representatives of the people. But is there also a place for direct democracy, where the people can exercise their franchise on specific issues via ballot initiative? In this episode, we explore the pros and cons of the initiative process as well as when and where it may be necessary to limit the power we’ve delegated to government.
September 7, 2018
95: Are You a RINO?

95: Are You a RINO?

Despite clear warnings from the Founders, partisan politics has become the norm in America today. Strip away all the flowery rhetoric and flag-waving and the truth that remains is that parties exist to get candidates elected. This tribal quest for power often leaves voters with having to make a choice between pragmatism and principle. Is it possible to be effective as a voter without surrendering your deepest principles? 
July 6, 2018
93: Democracy Fails Because Voters Are Ignorant

93: Democracy Fails Because Voters Are Ignorant

Whenever someone points out that we are ignorant in some form or another, it’s human nature to get defensive or angry. That’s a shame, because rational ignorance is part of life. It’s what should be prompting us to improve our understanding or to seek out greater truth. Nowhere is rational ignorance more noticeable than at the voting booth. Uninformed voters can cause tremendous damage when they lend their support to people and policies they don’t understand. It’s not a matter of purely ideological or political disagreement. Effective citizenship goes well beyond simply casting a vote on election day. 
June 29, 2018