Earlier this month we had our mid-term elections here in the US where a larger number of Governors were up for election, including right here in North Carolina where the race was between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagen and Republican Thom Tiles. Now many people are focusing on who won the seats in the respective states, however, I find it extremely interesting and a little bit scary when you look at the voter turnout. Across the US, the voter turnout was a little over 36% (Montanaro). Think about that for a minute, this one of the few times where the people of this country can exercise their constitutional right in a democracy to influence who governs their own country, and only a little more than a third of the eligible population actually exercised that right – remarkable! I find it very interesting. Why is it that so few of us exercise our right to vote? Is it because we do not care? Is it because we are just fed up with politicians, or is it something else completely? In the video, Are We in Control of Our Own Decisions? Dan Ariely showed us that maybe it is because we do care but because we do not know what to do; we chose to do nothing, i.e. not vote. Perhaps that is why and I would like to explore that, analyze it and potentially come up with some solutions, as I think the poor voter turnout in some ways actually eliminates the democracy that our ancestors have fought so hard for (Ariely). I believe there is a very clear both local and global impact on all of us, as our governor directly impacts the politics and the allocation of funds in our state – it even directly impact GTCC and potentially this class, as at least part of its funding comes directly from the politicians decisions. Globally our votes or lack thereof controls the majority of the congress, which directly influences the laws that might be passed, by the majority. This has direct impact on the financial decisions of the US, which in turns effects many countries around the world. It also influences our military involvement around the whole, which clearly influences the entire world. Those laws also control financial support and aid to countries around the world, and I could probably go on for a long time. Clearly, this is a very important decision that seems to be ignored by so many Americans. Therefore, if we agree that the low voter participation is a problem for our democracy, what are some of the solutions that we could come up with to combat this problem. In doing so I am taking advantage of some of the techniques, which are presented in chapter 9 in The Art of Thinking, one of those techniques is to Force uncommon ideas (Ruggiero. P. 162). So one of the common ideas might be that the problem is new and probably related to modern political ads, new media or people being busy or preoccupied. However, is it really such a new problem? Well when you look at the voter participation, it is clear that this year’s participating in the mid-term was very low. In fact, 36.4% is the lowest participation in 70 years and clearly is lower than recent year’s mid-terms. However, the fact is that it is not much lower, actually, the voter participation in the mid-term has been hovering around 40% since 1940. Whereas the voter participation in the presidential elections have been around 55% in the same period, so even though the current voter participation is very low, it seems to be a problem that has existed in a long time. Therefore, even though they might have an influence, we will probably have to look elsewhere than what is related to our current times (such as ads, media consumptions, general busyness etc.) for a potential area of solution. Since the problem is not related to something strictly connected to any one time in history, but rather transcends different eras, there must be something else that is keeping people from voting. If we use the analogy of the organ donor sign ups in the Ted Talk by Dr. Dan Ariely, then we could suggest that the reason for…
1. No, it wasn’t. Because developing countries, such as India, although large by population, were characterized by low per capita gross domestic product (GDP). Typically, health care expenditures accounted for a very small share of GDP, and health insurance was not commonly available. Governments and large corporations extended health coverage, including prescription drug coverage, to their workers. In the years before and following India’s…
Why were the events of the 1640’s so important in understanding what
happened in 1649 in Ireland?
The Catholics were left weak after all of the attempts by the English to eradicate
them, however after the revolts by scotts against King Charles I in the late 1630’s this
then revoked the Catholics, and gave them the inspiration to start defending themselves
and punish the Protestants for what they had done to them such as killings. There were
many reasons for why the 1641 rebellion had begun…
“Why the initial consultation so important”? What factors will an ethical therapist cover at this time?
In this essay I will be discussing what the ethical obligations are of therapists and why the initial consultation is so important and what information is gain from that first meeting.
Hypnotherapy a practical handbook page 59 talks about the initial consultation as an assessment interview to seek to satisfy ourselves that the problem the patient presents is within our professional competence…
Though casting a vote is deemed the easiest way for citizens to participate in America’s political system, an overwhelming percent of the American electorate did not participate in the 2012 election. There are two ways of measuring voter turnout, one is by calculating the percent of the voting age population that made it too the polls, the other is calculating the percent of the voting eligible population the made it too the polls. The voting age population is made up of citizens who are eligible…
Why as a Nation are we so Violent?
The essay that I have written is on the movie “Bowling for Columbine” it is also on the question that seemed to be asked many times during this movie and that is, why are we as Americans so violent? Throughout this essay I will discuss how we as a nation are different with violence compared to other countries. Along with that, I will also talk about the factors that come to play when violence erupts, along with the role of guns, the media’s play of…
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List the problems associated…
Colonist Casualties: Why So Many?
When the colonists first settled in the Americas, all was going well. They had brought plenty of supplies to start the first permanent settlement, Jamestown. Then the colonists started dropping like flies. Why? They didn’t have farmers, they contaminated their fresh water and they had bad relations with the natives.
One of the main reasons many colonists died was because they didn’t bring enough farmers and thus, they didn’t have…
mom on the cheek then hopped down onto the sidewalk.
“Mom, why do they act so miserable when we arrive at school in the morning?” I questioned.
Mom shifted her body so it was facing mine, “those two, and many other students always seem to get the impression that school is an insignificant, miserable place where teachers entertain themselves by torchuring their students.”
Mom laughed and we both smiled then she turned her body so it was facing the stirring wheel. While closing the van door…
reasoning; there is something that causes them to just give up . It seems as if the main cause is due to civic competence because many Americans feel as if no changes will be made and don't take part in any of it. America’s voter turnout is so low compared to other wealthy democracies for so many reasons; civic competence, laziness, age, lack of education and political efficacy.
From 1972-1992, less than 55% of high school dropouts voted in the presidential elections( Berke 1). This shows that people who…
Why Did Prohibition Last So Long?
Prohibition of Alcohol in America was introduced in 1920 with the 18th amendment of the constitution and was finally revoked in 1933. Prohibition was always considered a failure, due to the way it was policed, the fact the American people at the time liked to drink and the fact that alcohol was very easily accessible. Therefore the fact it lasted thirteen years, despite it being obvious within the first five that things were not working, seems incomprehensible…