Raynard Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC had this to say about political efficacy in a recent article in Black Enterprise:
“An educated voter is the most dangerous person to any politician. Most Americans are lazy when it comes to being informed about issues that impact their daily lives. But, yet these same voters who claim they don’t have time to keep informed of the issues; know when Beyoncé has a baby or when Lady Gaga does something stupid like wears a dress made of meat! We have to be what we are looking for.”
Yes. You have to be about the right information if you are going to find the right information.
Is time really an excuse? The time we spend on tasks unrelated to family or work, can we put some of that time toward staying abreast of the issues?
One piece of very important information may be the lack of difference between the two parties’ policies. In Mr. Jackson’s piece he discusses the similarities both parties have when it comes to discrimination. They both support, based on their members’ voting habits, forms of discrimination. It’s the basis of the hypocrisy in both parties.
Another lack of difference, in my opinion, is both parties failure to place the facilitation of the flow of commerce, capital, and credit at the top of their platforms. If both parties are so concerned about economic growth and social justice, they would clearly delineate their differences and put forward policies reflecting them.
Unfortunately we can’t demand this political product when we as consumers of political information don’t inform ourselves on what we should be looking for, versus settling for the diatribes of MSNBC and FOX.