- Posted October 24, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Election 2012: Your stories
Is Our Government to Blame?
It is intellectually lazy to blame the government; the blame lies with all of us. We vote for the same people time after time yet expect a different outcome. We blame the parties for being so polarized, but stop by ireports and see how polarized the people are.
Americans have lost the ability to think critically. To actually question what they hear rather than simply repeating what they hear. Does anyone really think Obama is a Muslim? Does anyone really believe Romney wants to get rid of birth control?
We, the voters, continue to be distracted by inconsequential trivia. We should demand substance. We should be demanding more from the press. The clowns on the primetime news outlets should be drummed out of town and replaced with anchors capable of intellectual and thoughtful analysis.
We get the government we deserve. We deserve a petty, bickering government that refuses to address real issues. Because we are petty voters that bicker about issues of no substance. Until we stand up and demand more, we will never get more.
We need to arm ourselves with facts and learn how to discuss issues rather than throwing out talking points we saw on tv.
We need to challenge one another on our views in an effort to understand the true diversity of opinion in this country. Our views our too diverse to easily be divided along two lines.
We need to understand that we all want the same things, we just disagree how to get them. Everyone wants more people working, less poverty, better healthcare, improved schools, and clean water. We disagree on the role of government in making those things a reality.
This is not directed at any particular political philosophy or members of any specific party, it is an attack on all of those that choose to mindlessly follow their chosen talking head. Open your eyes and start thinking critically.