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Letter: Far too many U.S. voters are woefully uninformed

Far too many U.S. voters are woefully uninformed

The American voter, by and large, is lazy and shamefully uniformed. Many vote the party of their parents, many are one-issue oriented and most are too busy squeezing out as much joy as they can within their allotted existence to pay attention to slick people in business suits who twist the truth for a living.

Does anybody really think the voters of the Deep South ever became informed about Bernie Sanders before voting so heavily for Hillary Clinton? The need to be informed as a voter is borne out by the differences in the outcomes of the recent caucuses and primaries.

In a caucus, the potential voter spends three hours or more among other citizens who express their concerns and opinions about the candidates, and after a period of deliberation they coalesce around the candidate of their choice and cast their vote.

In a primary, the potential voter can be in a bar, take a shot, go across the street to the polling place and pull a lever, then come back and swallow his beer chaser before the burn of the whiskey has dissipated.

It is no anomaly or accident that after intelligent conversation and discourse in the caucuses, Sanders beats Clinton by enormous numbers while she benefits from large numbers of the lazy and predetermined voters in primaries. Even in the Republican caucuses, Ted Cruz performs much better against Donald Trump than in the primaries.

So we should not cast our anger toward Trump, Cruz, Clinton or Sanders. We should look to ourselves and the many around us who turn a blind eye to the reality of the times. Vigilance is our strongest weapon against tyranny, for in the end, we all get the government we deserve.

If I may quote Pogo: “We have met the enemy, and he is us.”

Robert J. Wegrzynowski