Yesterday at lunch I talked with a county employee about the state of affairs in this country. We agreed that the degree to which civics is taught in our schools or understood generally is awful. We also found it most troubling how the lowest common denominators have taken this nation to new lows.
The latest news headline in my feed this morning underscores both points.
Among Republican and Republican-leaning likely voters, 45% said they might not accept the election as legitimate if their candidate doesn’t win, according to a new NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll. It was also reported that 18% said they would definitely not accept the outcome. A majority of Republicans — 53% — said they would accept the results of the election if their candidate loses. An overwhelming majority of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters — 82%– said they would definitely or probably accept the election.
It all comes down to education and like it or not this nation has a large percentage of truly uninformed people who drag the rest of us down. That might sound harsh or even elitist. Too bad if it does.
There are many citizens–and I am one of them–who are sick and tired of the mentally lazy taking our country into places we have never been before. This election season is but one example of the embarrassment that has befallen us. The world looks to us for leadership–economically, diplomatically, militarily–and what they have seen for the past year is a segment of the nation too stupid to not understand or appreciate the basic foundations of even basic democracy.
At first I laugh at those who gather and rally for Trump but then it turns to embarrassment that this type of news video circulates the globe and others somehow will think these bumpkins are a reflection of all those who reside here.
I love those who have differing political opinions than mine as long as they are based on fact. But I can not countenance allowing this nation to drift away from sanity and reason due to the low-life types with their lack of education and bad manners.