The 2012 Election: My Attempt at Being a Responsible Voter-1-
Why Am I Writing This?
It’s almost midnight. It may be Saturday, but that is still way past my bedtime.Tonight, I’ve spent several
long hours performing research and reading an
abundance of information about the upcoming election. It’s definitely beeninformative, and despite it being an exhausting pursuit, I’ve been
lying in bedsleepless for long enough that I finally just decided to get out of bed and get some of my thoughts down on paper.
In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that before tonight’s info
-fest I was an
Obama supporter and I still am after everything I’ve read. I will also say that I never
hated the Republican Party and especially not its candidates. The main purpose of
all this research and reading was to make sure I wasn’t missing anything
and tofocus on the actual issues, not propaganda, to ensure that I make a sound decision
on election day that isn’t bas
ed on just a single issue that the parties disagree on.
Finding Good Information
I want to be informed, yet it is so incredibly difficult to find good information.Seriously, have you tried? Or are you just assuming that the information you aregetting is good, valid information based on real facts? Any news you get, whether it is on television, the radio, print, or Internet-based, is bound to sway one way or theother. I believe that is simply human nature coming out when reporters give us thestories. The problem is that now we have media outlets that seem to not even beattempting to give unbiased reports. These media organizations are often funded bypeople with a vested interest in one party or the other making it into office whichmeans the reports are structured with a specific goal in mind, missing key facts,riddled with misinformation, and in some cases, just totally false.But if those dishonest, biased news reports further confirm what you alreadybelieve, why would you question them? I believe this simple fact is the reason thesetypes of horribly biased news reports can even exist. They know that most people
don’t have the time or motivation to fact
-check, do their own research, or even think for themselves in some cases. So the misinformation keeps funneling down, opinion-less people absorb whatever the media says they should believe, and everyonemarches around like they are an expert on every topic because they saw some guywearing a nice tie talk about it on the news this morning.