"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
For me, the answer is leave people alone. In a participatory democracy, you have the freedom not to participate if you so choose. How valuable or honest is my vote if I can't stand the two people who are opposing each other for an office?
I'm a little more receptive to mandatory voting when it comes to ballot initiatives. I'm much more in favour of legislators making such decisions - they can be recalled or voted out - but if you're going to put the question to the citizens, then there should be a threshold that has to be reached before the vote is valid - let's say 80% or higher for the answer to the question to be binding.
A Canadian conservative is one who believes in limited government and that the government should stay out of our wallets and out of our bedrooms.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
What you have in many area are harvesting voters by the parties with their ground game. People who do not have the slightest idea of what or whom they are voting for, voting because someone rousted them out of their home and hustled them off to the polls.
turn out doesn't bother me. Let those who have the gumption vote, those who do not, let them be.
Early voting in Georgia. On the 20th of October this old Goldwater conservative voted against both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton by casting my vote for Gary Johnson. Neither Trump or Clinton belong within a million miles of the Oval Office.
There never has been a peace process, but rather an annexation process that used the “peace process” as a facade
It's a bad thing for the losing Party, but I don't think it's necessarily an indictment upon the quality of the country itself.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
I think people should become informed and then vote accordingly.
However, I don't think making voting mandatory is the answer.
I don't know the answer, but mandatory isn't it.
yes. people should take the initiative to research the candidates and vote.Is not voting... aka "low voter turnout"... a bad thing?
edit to add : part of the apathy is due to our monochromatic duopoly. many think that their vote won't change anything, so they don't care. we need to end gerrymandering, which helps to keep the duopoly in place.